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Tortoise Saves Hippo (True Story)
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Posted by:Feb 5th 2005, 08:27:04 am
smittyYeah, Maddie, those beer tsunamis can be real tough.Hope he switched to Absolute.
Posted by:Feb 4th 2005, 11:58:51 am
ColinI want to know if this is platonic or what! Seems to me someone may have slipped these two some martinis, which everyone knows make you more likely to welcome the advances of members of other species. Now if they'd drunk Goombays the hippo would've said, Get lost kid...
Posted by:Feb 4th 2005, 08:48:41 am
MaddieHi, Smitty! When my son's Ford bronco was swept off the road in a wave of beer it became permanently attached to a lamp post...
Posted by:Feb 4th 2005, 08:02:55 am
smittyWhat a great story.I remember when I was a little boy, I once befriended a parking meter.It sort of looked like an old girl friend.Actually it was prettier.
Posted by:Feb 3rd 2005, 07:47:24 pm
Fig Tree News TeamTortoise adopts baby hippo

A baby hippopotamus, swept into the Indian Ocean by the tsunami, is finally coming out of his shell thanks to the love of a 120-year-old tortoise.

Owen, a 300kg, one-year-old hippo, was swept down the Sabaki
River, into the ocean and then back to shore when the giant waves
struck the Kenyan coast.

The dehydrated hippo was found by wildlife rangers and taken to
the Haller Park animal facility in the port city of Mombasa.

Pining for his lost mother, Owen quickly befriended a giant male
Aldabran tortoise named Mzee - Swahili for "old man".

"When we released Owen into the enclosure, he lumbered to the
tortoise which has a dark grey colour similar to grown up
hippos," Sabine Baer, rehabilitation and ecosystems manager at the park,
told Reuters on Thursday.

Haller Park ecologist Paula Kahumbu said the pair were now inseparable.

"After it was swept and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatised.
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 was left at a very tender age. Hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years."

She said the hippo's chances of survival in another herd were very slim, predicting that a dominant male would have killed him.

Officials are hopeful Owen will befriend a female hippo called Cleo, also a resident at the park.

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