The Hippo and Tortoise…unconditional love

I recieced the following in a forwarded email.  I have not been able to verify the truth of the email, but the underlying lesson is one worth learning. 

” 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
Mombasa , 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
, 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.” 

Save the Earth … it’s the only planet with chocolate.
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

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7 responses to “The Hippo and Tortoise…unconditional love

  1. How beautiful is this story of such an unusual friendship! Nothing ceases to amaze me in the animal world.
    By the way, I checked it on Snopes, and it is true.

  2. I love stories like this ~ the elephant and the dog . . . the lion and the human . . . and now the tortoise and the hippo.

    Thanks, Jeanne!

  3. What a wonderful story about this hippo Owen, I love reading about these magic bonds.
    And thank you for mentioning my post Twelve Ways To Be Happy Jeanne, highly appreciated 😀 But could you be so kind to change the name of my blog to Figments of a Dutchess? I know Dutchess isn’t a proper word, but it’s a compilation of “Duchess” and “Dutch” 😉

  4. Unconditional love and nurturing in its purest form. We all can learn from this story and images. Adorable photos that sends a message to the world. thanks. Happy Holidays….

  5. What can anyone add to this precious photostory? There it is as you said, unconditional love. What a miracle the baby hippo survived and the two found each other in this huge world. Thank you for sharing.

  6. What a touching story! 🙂

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