The Hippo and The Tortoise

Here is a picture I received in an email yesterday accompanied by a touching story of two critters in Nairobi who overcame adversity and bonded to their mutual benefit. Awwwwww! Just figured I’d share the cutest shot with you.
Hippo-Tortise Love!

Hippo-Tortoise Love! says the story is true. Here it is as I received it (though I did clean up some punctuation):

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 away 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 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.

Isn’t that nice? I just felt like posting a little fluff piece today. Let me know if it made you smile.


Genesis 1:28 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”


3 Responses

  1. I was interested in your story about the Tortoise. If you go to my site you will see I wrotr something about my daughters African spurred tortoise. He is a very affectionate creature and I can’t wait to share your picture with her. Thanks

  2. Thanks! I’m linking to you.

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