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130-Year-Old Male Tortoise Adopts Baby Hippo


Although this story is already a year old, like a fairy tale, you don't really get tired of hearing it.

December of last year, the Indonesian tsunami swept Owen, the not-so-little baby hippo (he weighed about 650 pounds!), into the Indian Ocean and turned him into an orphan. He was just under a year old. Because he landed on a 130-year-old male tortoise named Mzee who was happy to take care of him, the two bonded and now they live happily ever after in a Kenyan wildlife shelter. read more

"[T]he tortoise seems very happy with being a 'mother,'" said Paula Kauhumbu, ecologist and director of Lafarge Park. "They swim, eat and sleep together," she continued, "...and if somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive..."

Kauhumbu says hippos are social animals who like to stay with their mothers for around four years. So I guess we'll be seeing these two together for a while. And since there's already a book out about them, I imagine Hollywood will be all over it soon enough.

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