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Unbelievable True story!

Discussion in 'Real World Issues' started by Admin, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Admin Administrator

    Subject: The Hippo and the Turtle


    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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  2. manish Active Member

    awww.....
  3. manish Active Member

    but whys it unbeleivable?? its basically the same principle as a human and a dog as friends...
  4. LuckyNats ~ѕмѕмαѕтєяѕ ¢нαттєя вσχ~

    Aww that is a lovely story. Id love to be there this present to see the pair together :)
  5. Squibalicious ~ROAR~

    awwww so cute :)
  6. crazydealer New Member

    i like the 3rd picture! they look so cute together! :)
  7. Dan New Member

    the 1st picture is cute there so cute awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!
  8. Matt Soopa Doopa Moderator

    Awww, bless.
  9. G-UNIT New Member

    awwww dats so adorable blesssss....................
  10. smsc-mad smsc-mad.Remo.Fibbler1

    lol, wat happens when the turtle dies?
  11. barratt23 New Member

    It will go to turtle heaven i should think :eek:
  12. smsc-mad smsc-mad.Remo.Fibbler1

    haha. na i mean to the hippo? may die of shock or sumfin.
  13. Resident Member

    I guess a turtle lives much longer life than a hippo :) But each hippo leave his mother after 4 years. Not much for a turtle...

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