Hippo and Tortise

Oh this is just too sweet. I love it. I received in an email and wanted to share it with you all.

The hippopotamus and the Tortoise – too precious!

Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed” – Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

NAIROBI – 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.

“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.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments that take our breath away.”

This is a real story that shows that our differences don’t

matter much when we need the comfort of 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.”

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from


2 responses to “Hippo and Tortise

  1. Great post…love this;
    “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

  2. That is so beautiful…

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