Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed
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.

非洲的肯亞在 20041226日發生海嘯的時候 (該次大海嘯有 300,000 人喪生),有一隻重 300公斤,綽號叫做歐文的小河馬順著薩巴奇河被沖進印度洋,然後又被沖回海岸,才被野生動物管理人員救了回來。

"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', "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. "Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together."




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