Friday afternoon story

Small hippo and tortoise

Time for an aaww bless ’em story, courtesy Reuters:

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become inseparable from a baby hippo rescued by game wardens, officials said on Thursday.

The year-old hippo calf christened Owen was rescued last month, suffering from dehydration after being separated from his herd in a river that drains into the Indian Ocean.

“When we released Owen into the enclosure, he lumbered to the tortoise which has a dark gray color similar to grown up hippos,” Sabine Baer, rehabilitation and ecosystems manager at the park, told Reuters.

She said the hippo’s chances of survival in another herd were very slim, predicting that a dominant male would have killed him.

However, Owen’s relationship with the Aldabran tortoise named Mzee, Swahili for old man, may end soon. The sanctuary plans to place Owen with Cleo, a lonely female hippo.

What’s wrong with a good old-fashioned ménage à trois then?

3 Responses to “Friday afternoon story”

  1. anni
    January 7th, 2005 16:10


  2. the manly smell
    January 7th, 2005 16:26

    Just imagine their babies!! That would be a creature to strike the fear into you.

  3. Mary
    January 7th, 2005 20:06

    I saw a different photo of the situation earlier and thought how hang-dogged and innocent faced the little rhino was. Lovely story there.

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