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January 10, 2005

The hippo and the tortoise

Yes, the tortoise is not the hippo's mum but we are still looking at a family.

A baby-hippopotamus that survived the tsumani 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 tsumani waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 10, 2005 10:09 AM

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