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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.

"[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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BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
SO sweet! I received something similiar in an email...I'll post it now.
nyarce nyarce 10 years
witchofthenorth witchofthenorth 10 years
love it!
KWM KWM 10 years
OMG TOO CUTE - I had not heard this story before!
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Aww I can imagine the heartache one of them is going to eventually face either the hippo grows up and away or the tortoise passes and uve got either a sad turtle or a sad hippo aawwww ---- I want my way now dangit!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
AWWWWW!!!! This just makes my day :)
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 10 years
This is sooo cute! I love it when animals form bonds across species, and that picture is adorable!
karmasabitch karmasabitch 10 years
Haaaaaaaa, that's adorable!
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