Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The hippo baby and the tortoise

My mom sent this to me in an email, I have no idea how true it is, but the pictures are precious. I love me a baby hippo, and I even love a big hippo as their legs are short and when they swim , it looks like they just have feet paddling away under there. I love that. At the St Louis Zoo, you can see under the water and watch their feet paddle away.

Anyway, here is the story and pictures of Owen and his foster mom/dad

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 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.
(this is my favorite picture)

"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.

Is that the cutest thing you ever saw? Just goes to show you can kind of pick your family I guess.


*Sarah* said...

ahhh so cute. I love baby hippos too. Also baby elephants.

Amy B. said...

that is adorable!!!!

Jimbo said...

Read more about Owen & Mzee at their blog:

(click on ... caretakers diary)

(The O&M blog was dormant for a while, but is now
alive and well as of September 2008)

Join the Owen & Mzee Yahoo Group at:

See Owen & Mzee Movie trailer:

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