posted about these two before.. but will continue to reblog because they rule my heart. I hear they still hang even with the new enclosure. <3 a

And some weirdos are shocked by the latest research on tortoise cognition.. of couse they are smart and show social skills when necessary… 


100 Year-old Tortoise acts as Mom to Baby Hippo

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. 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.


Project 365 _Day 7

Something to know about me: My family breeds California desert tortoises. We have about 16 of varying ages who have free roam of our backyard. This little guy is one from our newest clutch. When they’re born, they’re about the size of a ping pong ball. And assuming all goes well in its life and mine, it’ll be alive long after I die.