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07 July 2005 @ 04:54 pm
Thanks for this story, Teri...  
Here's a sweet story to give y'all a break from the bad news...

NAIROBI (AFP) - A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise, in an animal facility in the port city of Mombassa, officials said.

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

"It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.

"After it was swept and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added.

"The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it follows its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.

"The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.

Dan the gnomebrewergnome on July 7th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Mark: hobbit Samwiseboywondermark on July 7th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Isn't that sweet?! (Cute icon)
Dan the gnome: Sleeveless shadowsbrewergnome on July 7th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
Totally. And thanks!
blue_aingeal: brightsideaingeal311 on July 7th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
awww, that's so sweet! It's like a childrens' movie!
Mark: Wolfboywondermark on July 7th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooooooo! It IS!! Let's call Disney!
A.M.ultimategirl on July 8th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)
Aaawwww! That's beautiful.
Mark: Calvin Hobbes Hugboywondermark on July 8th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
Isn't is sweet?! :)
Glennrestoman on July 8th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)

That's a very sweet story. Thanks for sharing it with us!!
Mark: Thinkerboywondermark on July 8th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
Glad ya liked it Glenn! :) ~hug~
Glennrestoman on July 9th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
*Big bear hug in return*
Mark: Calvin Hobbes Hugboywondermark on July 10th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
GRRRRRRRRRRR! Gotta love a bear hug!
Maria: Michael : xxunjadedweirdpinay on July 8th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
That is amazing.
Mark: Cute WiddleKittyboywondermark on July 8th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
Cool, huh?! ~HUGS~