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Thread: Tsunami Orphaned Baby Hippo & its Turtle Mom,

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    Tsunami Orphaned Baby Hippo & its Turtle Mom,

    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 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 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.

    I know this is image heavy but I thought it might be worth it.

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    Thanks for posting this! Those photos are so adorable. I would have never thought that a hippo and tortiose could be friends.
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    thats so sweet thanks for sharing that

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    Once again this proves the intelligence of our dear animals. Thanks for posting this, it was nice to see

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    Since so many people have been viewing this thread in the past couple days, I thought I'd link to this thread which has even more information.

    And I just love this story!

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    That is so cute! I never would of thought...

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    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! AWWW.. I love baby hippos!
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    I love this story! I watched a whole report on CNN about it. Way too sweet for words!

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    That is so very cute. Who'd have thought a turtle and a baby hippo. It's very sweet.

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    That's so adorable, who would have thought?!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Oh that is beyond sweet.
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    That's so sad, a baby hippo losing his mom at a very young age, hopes he lives a happy life with mama tortoise

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    How adorable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Since so many people have been veiwing this thread in the past couple days, I thought I'd link to this thread which has even more information.

    And I just love this story!
    Aww.... look at the hippo... aww..

    Everyone told me Hippos were ugly (to tell you the truth- ive never seen a hippopotamus before!)- but gosh, they need an eye check!

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