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Αναρτήθηκε από Vassilis Stranger

The Baby Hippo and the Tortoise

A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male 100-year-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 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 2 month 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. 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."

Γιατί πάντα μας φορτίζουν συναισθηματικά τέτοια θέματα;
Μήπως κατά βάθος, κάτι αξίζει μέσα μας;


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Δεν φορτίζονται όλοι οι άνθρωποι με συναισθήματα από τέτοιες εικόνες,δυστυχώς...
Τέτοιες καταστάσεις,αν και σπάνιες,μας θυμίζουν ότι η επιβίωση είναι(και) ζήτημα τρυφερότητας :-)

Και όχι μόνο, θέλει και άλλες θυσίες.

Ομορφες φωτογραφίες, γεμάτες ζωή και αισιοδοξία πως η ζωή βρίσκει πάντα τρόπους για να ... ζει.

Φιλιά πολλά
και στους πέντε!!!!!

@ Αλεξάνρα:
Πάντα με έναν καλό λόγο.