Friday, March 28, 2008

Tortoise Mom to a Baby Hippo

Kenyan tsunami survivor baby hippo, Owen (300 kg), chooses a 100 year old male tortoise to be his mother! It seems both of them are very happy about this extraordinary relationship.

Ecologist Paula Kahumbu from Lafarge Park said, "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 hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. Somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.

Khambu also explained that the hippo was a young baby, he had been left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos were social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years."


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