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  • Laura
    I had forgotten about this story...Thanky ou for the reminder Weaver. ... From: Weaver (Kelley) Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 6:30 PM Subject: [avalonsgate]
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      I had forgotten about this story...Thanky ou for the reminder Weaver.
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      Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2007 6:30 PM
      Subject: [avalonsgate] Fwd: The Hippopotamus and the Tortoise

      This was such a cool story!

       
          The  Hippopotamus and the Tortoise
       
      ' Much of  life can never be explained, 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.  
       
       
       
          
       
         
       
         
       
       


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