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

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

August 29, 2006 at 8:53 pm 13 comments


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