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Sunny
14-01--2006, 11:30 PM
Tsunami Survivors

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.



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I just thought it was a nice little story really...

Love,
Sunny
xxx

The Original Laney
14-01--2006, 11:42 PM
Oh my god.. that is so loverly :)

Exedous
14-01--2006, 11:43 PM
At last, a good news story...thank you for that sunny..:)

Ghost

Lozi
15-01--2006, 12:07 AM
aw that's so cute! :D

random_spontaneosity
15-01--2006, 01:10 AM
awwwww :)

Dapablo
15-01--2006, 01:52 AM
Poor little mite.

Sunny
15-01--2006, 12:02 PM
It is so lovely... I hope the two of them are able to stay together for as long as they like :).

Love,
Sunny
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Whirler
15-01--2006, 12:49 PM
Oh my god, there's so adorable!!! It's made me all glowy inside......I want to hug them!!! (bloody humans!)

stormypagan
15-01--2006, 08:03 PM
Isn't it wonderful when nature finds a way, out of all the devastation comes a wonderful story like that - bless them both ... thanks for sharing Sunny :)