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… 

br0tester:

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.

A young hippopotamus in Kenya, has formed a bond with a 100 year old tortoise. The story and photos come from a former Panamanian resident now living in Uganda.

The “baby” hippopotamus, less than a year old, survived tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast, and became attached to a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in Mombassa after being rescued from the Indian Ocean.

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen, weighs about 300 kilograms (650 pounds),The a male tortoise, about a century old, seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’,’ said ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park .
The hippo follows the tortoise around, sleeps next to him, and gets aggressive if anyone comes near.

via www.newsroompanama.com

This is one of my favorite stories about tortoises and inter species love. its been cirulating for a while now but is honestly worth a read….They are friends to this day. There is a book about them and they are creating a special pen for the hippo as it grows so it can be with its kind but still come back and hang with its daddy tortoise. Gotta love that.