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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 09:34 AM
" Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed."

- Rachel Naomi Remen, MD




NAIROBI (AFP) - 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."





 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 09:40 AM
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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 09:59 AM
http://www.owenandmzee.com/omweb/

 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 10:08 AM
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Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together.
I find this so touching...the world could use a lesson from Owen and Mzee...

 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 10:10 AM
God, you just gotta love this!!!

 

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  posted on 3/22/2007 at 10:12 AM
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"Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together."


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Thanks for the link Linnie!

 

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I find this so touching...the world could use a lesson from Owen and Mzee...


I found it touching as well - which is why I posted it - and that was no easy feat because I extracted it from an e-mail that my wife sent to me. Glad you enjoyed!

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 10:30 AM
Thank you!

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 10:41 AM
Very Cool !

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 02:36 PM
Totally cool. Very heartwarming.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 02:45 PM
Makes me all warm and fuzzy...Life is good....

 

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  posted on 3/23/2007 at 03:23 PM
It occurs to me that a picture of Dickey with Gregg (or Butch or Jaimoe) might have the same sort of effect!

 

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It occurs to me that a picture of Dickey with Gregg (or Butch or Jaimoe) might have the same sort of effect!



Why didn't I think of that, Rusty ..... Super WARM AND fUZZY I wonder if I'll ever see that again in my life time

 

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It occurs to me that a picture of Dickey with Gregg (or Butch or Jaimoe) might have the same sort of effect!


For the time being, we will just have to cling to the memories & the music that was created by that once-strong bond. Unfortunately, sometimes animals seem to be "smarter" than humans at times.

 

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I wonder if I'll ever see that again in my life time


Time will tell. If not, we can at least be thankful for the time that they had, but they can certainly learn a lesson from the hippo & tortoise - as can all of us.

 

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I wonder if I'll ever see that again in my life time

I truly belive we will.

As for these pictures, it looks like a couple of sexually confused critters to me.

[Edited on 3/24/2007 by bob1954]

 

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Why didn't I think of that, Rusty ..... Super WARM AND fUZZY I wonder if I'll ever see that again in my life time


We still have the pictures to make us WARM AND FUZZY!

 

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Isn't it amazing how you can post this unlikely story about an odd love-pairing between a hippo and a tortoise and somehow the convo turns around to the Allman Brothers Band! Acutally, the subject can be anything and it somehow gets steered back to the ABB!

 

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Isn't it amazing how you can post this unlikely story about an odd love-pairing between a hippo and a tortoise and somehow the convo turns around to the Allman Brothers Band! Acutally, the subject can be anything and it somehow gets steered back to the ABB!


Yep, its not hard when you have AllmanOnTheBrain!!

 

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