"Are You My Mother?" hippo adopted by tortoise

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    Reuters: Tsunami-surviving hippo in Kenya seeks solace in a century-old tortoise

    A bit of good news about one non-human tsunami survivor:

    A baby hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen, survived the tsunami and was rescued by wildlife rangers. But it needed a mother, so it found itself one: a giant male century-old tortoise!

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    That's a very cool story. It'd be interesting to see how things progress as the hippo grows....
     
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    Now if everybody else from different backgrounds could just learn to get along with one another!

    Nice to see something heartwarming come out of the tragedy.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg
     
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    aww that is so cute! and yes i am straight.

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    Thats cute. Kinda like a Disney movie. Don't you think? :p
     
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    CRUNCH!
     
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    The next picture will be of the tortoise reading "Hippos for Dummies."
     
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    Hear hear!
     
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    That would be doubly appropriate, since tortoises are so, um, slow.

    Sorry, long day, going to bed soon.
     
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    That is such a cute picture. A very heartwarming story. This reminds me of a Biblical story. Solace in a time of disaster. Hopefully the young hippo will find some of its own kind eventually. It will be important for proper development.
     
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    Read the article:

    eep.

    eep.
     
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    Great story to hear from this battered region.
     
  14. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    Do male tortoises have maternal instincts? Is this tortoise really acting as a mother, as opposed to acting like a father? Is there a difference in behavior between hippo or tortoise moms and dads?

    Or is the hippo assuming the tortoise is the parent and the tortoise just isn't paying attention?

    Any hippologists or tortoisologists out there?
     
  15. wdlove macrumors P6

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    It was the picture that inspired the thought and not the article. The article was relating real life here on earth. I don't blame the lion.

    Either way Doctor Q, I just pray that the hippo will be OK.
     

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