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The hippo and the turtle

Thursday, August 14, 2008













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 the 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.


This is a real story that shows me that our differences don't matter much, when we need to comfort another. We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures of God,

"Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together".


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    wow. ang galing naman nito.

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    Read more about Owen & Mzee at their blog:

    http://www.lafargeecosystems.com

    (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:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Owen-and-Mzee_Group

    See Owen & Mzee Movie trailer:

    http://tinyurl.com/oxomy

    Author's fabulous website with movie:

    http://www.owenandmzee.com

    Download Parent-Teacher Guide at:

    http://images.ibsys.com/2005/0429/4432216.pdf , or

    http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/tradebooks/discguide/owen_mzee_dg.pdf , or

    http://www.grandcanyonreaderaward.org/4432216.pdf

    Visit my O&M blog:

    http://jimbos-weblog.blogspot.com

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