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Old 12-29-05, 07:26 PM
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Baby hippo, giant tortoise mark year since adopting each other after tsunami

http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20051...a_odd_couple_1

Wed Dec 28, 9:30 PM ET

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The unlikely couple of a baby hippo and a 130-year-old tortoise were still together, a year after the hippo was separated from its family by last year's Indian Ocean tsunami.


A baby hippo named Owen walks along with its 'mother', a giant male Aldabran tortoise at the Mombasa Haller Park, Wednesday. (AP)

The relationship between Owen, the two-year-old hippopotamus, and Mzee, the giant tortoise, surprised conservation workers and made international headlines.

Owen was living with his family on the Sabaki River when massive waves from the Indian Ocean tsunami reached the East African coast. He was washed into the ocean and stranded on a reef.

Residents of Malindi, a small coastal town, used fishing nets to catch him. He was then taken to the Haller Park sanctuary, where he met Mzee and adopted him as a surrogate parent. Owen may have been attracted by Mzee's round shape and gray colour that are somewhat similar to that of an adult hippopotamus.

The tortoise at first resisted. But the persistent Owen kept following him around the park, into the pool and trying to sleep next to him.

Mzee relented after several days. As the bond grew, the tortoise even returned signs of affection. They are now inseparable.

Conservation workers plan to introduce Owen to a 13-year-old female hippo named Cleo early next year, hoping to see the two develop a strong relationship. The female hippo has lived without companionship from her species for more than a decade.

The delicate process will begin with having the two animals meet and become used to each other's smell before moving them into a larger enclosure together with the tortoise.


Look, if these 2 can become friends, why can't we?

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A 130 year-old and a 2 year-old? Disgusting.
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A 130 year-old and a 2 year-old? Disgusting.

It took awhile, but I was wondering when that was coming.

Hey, it's a 130 year old female and a 2 year old male, so it's okay!

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130/2+7=72.


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