Saturday, August 18, 2012

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 Mombasa , 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 away and lost its mother, the hippo was 

traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate 


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 followed 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. 


This is a real story that shows that our differences don't 

matter much when we need the comfort of another.

We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures of God,

"Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together." 

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