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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:42 am   Tsunami Survivor

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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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:50 am   

That is one ginormous tortoise!
Reyna - 2.25"
Orion - 2.25"

Were 1.3" and 1.4" when I got them on May 12, 2005
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:07 am   

That's an awesome story. Thanks for sharing it with us. The funny thing is I love turtles, and my son is a hippo collector. So we both loved the pics and story. :)
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:47 pm   

I read that story in another forum, thanks for posting it here. :D
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:42 pm   

wow thats a big tortise. aww... lol that is a great story.
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:35 pm   

Thanks for sharing the wonderful story Jenaero!
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