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Old 10-29-2013, 07:46 AM  
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The Hippo & the Tortoise

"Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed"
- Rachel Naomi Remen, MD



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 onDecember 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 said.

"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.



"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."



This story 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."

Save the Earth ... it's the only planet with chocolate.

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."


http://channel.nationalgeographic.co...and-the-hippo/

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Old 10-29-2013, 08:20 AM  
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You'll enjoy these which I found while viewing the above....

Pygmy hippopotamus
http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCG3Nrkvvg9AU/videos

hippos
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...be.y2kN7NMJv-M


Meet the cutest baby in the world



Get up close up to our baby pygmy hippo


Weird, True and Freaky: Baby Hippo orphan

Baby Pygmy Hippo

Get up close up to our baby pygmy hippo
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