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KittenClaw22
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 16:47 · Edited by: KittenClaw22


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 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.







http://www.digyourowngrave.com/tortoise-adopts-bab y-hippo/

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/hippo.asp


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Eliza
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 17:22


awww... that's so sweet!


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Al_frog
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 18:07


This is really cute. Thanks for sending it and I have forwarded the links to some others....

doc1975
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 19:04


They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added.

If that tortoise is swimming, I want to see pictures of it!

spawn
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 21:20


I second that.

nuggular
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 21:23


I'd love to see a tortoise swim. Mabye that ecologist doesnt know what he's talkin about.


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Frogbert
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# Posted: 9 Aug 2007 23:05


maybe he is wading and they don't know no better.


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KittenClaw22
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# Posted: 10 Aug 2007 00:00


I imagine its more like a watering hole type thing that they are talking about, however they aren't very specific. Google pulls up lots of articles on this, however I didn't bother with any of them. maybe they have pictures of said "Swimming" somewhere.


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