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    Tsunami Survivors: Hippo & Turtle..

    I got this from a friend today and thought it was very cute to share - mother nature are so amazing lately! here's the story along with photos..(sorry if this has been posted already, did some search). . .

    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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    rest and sleep softly sweet locke..



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    I've seen the pictures and read the articles about these two. It is heartwarming to say the least. Funny the "matches" nature will allow.
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    oh yes, heartwarming!! that I could read/look at the pictures over again and again.

    *flickering this up* for someone who missed this..
    rest and sleep softly sweet locke..



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    That is so cute!
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    Oh my goodness, that is just way too cute.
    Soar high & free my sweet fur angels. I love you Nanook & Raustyk... forever & ever.


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