The Hippopotamus and the Tortoise


The Hippopotamus and the Tortoise – this is lovely!

Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed

NAIROBI (AFP) – A baby hippopotamus that survived the

tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a 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 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 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 mother 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 is a real story that 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.
"Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together."


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


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lizzie-Beth4Him
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 22:24:22

    I\’m a sap for animals anyway. This was precious.


  2. Beth
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 22:25:56

    A wonderful story. Thank you.


  3. Joe
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 23:29:19

    I love this story and hte pictures…so unusual yet so full of meaning.


  4. Kuskulana
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 23:31:11

    Love it !Alaska Hugs


  5. Rusty
    Mar 12, 2009 @ 23:55:00

    Aww Rhonda dear, how precious is that? I love it and we could learn so much from these two animals. I love that last sentence and have been saying something similar to that for many years. How true."Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together."If only all religions, races, and governments could live that way, what a better world we would be living in.Take care sweety…………….Rusty ((HUGS))


  6. Les
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 01:54:06

    A very cool sweet story. Thank you for sharing it Rhonda…


  7. Tracey
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 02:21:26

    Ahww, so sweet! Thanks Rhonda.Why is it in that funny box?


  8. Polly
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 02:48:23

    What a wonderful story, many thanx for sharing Rhonda, if only life was so simple hey


  9. Angel eyes
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 04:19:52

    such a beautiful story angel eyes


  10. Sue
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 04:28:06

    I love this so much if only people could be like thisTake careSue


  11. m60a3
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 06:02:56

    Nature has been trying to teach man this lesson since the start, would not it be perfect if we learned from these two how to adapt and live life together instead of killing each other.Peace in our timeMark


  12. Jodine Derena
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 08:33:15

    That brought tears to my eye\’s. such a heart warming blog. I cry at the drop of a hat over things like this…even TV ads when they pull at my heart strings. So beautiful. I want one of those… Jx


  13. Barbara
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 10:03:54

    cute blog Rhonda!Barbie


  14. Zeynep
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 15:33:13

    What an interesting story Rhonda. Interesting pictures also. Have a nice weekend, love and peace, Zeynep xx


  15. Mei's
    Mar 13, 2009 @ 19:50:27

    A heart warming story and lovely pics! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a lovely weekend Rhonda! Mei


  16. Terry's
    Mar 14, 2009 @ 08:58:12

    Hey there dear .I got this story from one of my friends before and I can\’t delete it . It just touches me so much that I don\’t want to let it go .Such a beautiful story and the pictures are just so sweet too . I\’m thinking of you dear . Spring is around the corner now ,as my mama says when the time comes "Spring had Sprung " .she is such a unique lady I\’m glad she\’s my mama . I think she has dimples in her shoulders from wings ,cause I just know she was an angel . hugs Terry miss you muah !!


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