Tortoise and Hippo – year-old baby hippo finds compainionship and comfort in a centry-old turtle

August 29, 2006 at 8:53 pm 13 comments

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Tortoise and Hippo

“Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Tortoise and Hippo

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, 2004 before wildlife rangers rescued him.

Tortoise and Hippo

“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.

Tortoise and Hippo

“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.

Tortoise and Hippo
“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.

Tortoise and Hippo

Tortoise and Hippo

This is a real story t hat 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 Allah. Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together.

Tortoise and Hippo


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Renee Day  |  October 6, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for being my friend,teacher,comforter. Without some one in my life that care I don’t know where I would being. Thanks

  • 2. Chris Carlisle  |  October 7, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    This is truly a good story, and goes to show that loves has no limits.

  • 3. Chuck  |  October 7, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    This is a fine example of nature at its best and should serve as eye opener to humankind. Openmindedness and acceptance would serve us all well. It also shows us the power of love.

  • 4. spiderxcat  |  October 9, 2006 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for this I was wondering about those two.. I caught a little of the story back then and never heard anything else about it.. anything more about them?? with they had a camera on

  • 5. Will  |  October 10, 2006 at 7:06 pm

    Dinu, Just another view of life and how it has no bounds. Your insight is amazing.My heart felt bleesings to you and yours. I was hospitalizied lastweek,and discharged today,10/10.See you Wednesday.

  • 6. anita  |  December 15, 2006 at 10:45 pm

    Humans can learn so much from animals. God gave us two eyes, two ears, and one mouth — using two has generally proven to be more effective for learning anything. I’d love to these two grow together and teach us all that family is essential for surrival. the acronym for F-A-M-I-L-Y is: Father and Mother I Love You. I’ll Keep coming back…

  • 7. Pablo Y Gunther  |  July 30, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    How beautiful *-*, I love turtles and i loved this story.

  • 8. stinks  |  October 20, 2007 at 12:21 am

    they are so cute
    my two favorite animals together at last

  • 9. Laura Duke  |  March 7, 2008 at 2:40 am

    This is the most inspirational thing I have ever seen. I now feel that love can endure all that the world brings and everyone can love each other. Thank you.

  • 10. Maren  |  June 19, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    It is now Jun 19, 2008. I was wondering how their relationship is now …2 years later??


  • 11. Carol  |  August 4, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I would like to echo the wonderful coments above and to also
    inquire about the relationship in August 2008. Thank you to all
    who helped these two survive.

  • 12. Karline  |  September 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Hi mammy this is about a book and in really life so it has awsome so if you like it sand a message back

  • 13. Foundation for Defense of Democracies  |  December 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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