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The Tortoise and the Hippo: Where Are They Now?

It’s been one year since Owen the baby hippo got swept away by the tsunami waves and washed straight into the arms(?) of Mzee the century-old tortoise. Let’s see how they’ve been doing. Sit back and get ready to be sucker-punched by the iron fist of cuteness.

10 Littlegrey Comments:

August 12th, 2007 at 12:17 pm Doris Myers says:

This story was sent to me, after, I shared a dream that I had, about a young hippo, that rescued me, a Grandmother, with arthritis, in my body, through a difficult, journey, over a series, of crumbly cliffs, and difficult places... In my dream; the young hippo, trotted up to the cliff below me; and lifted his wide, head up for me to step down on; and, he assisted me, through my journey of difficult places... I took it, as a message that, our Creator, would provide a way for me, through the difficult places, in my life... Like the hippo and tortoise friendship... We just have to be aware of, our surroundings, and opportunities, that are provided us, if we just open our eyes...

May 2nd, 2007 at 11:16 pm Susan Loscher Blodgett says:

The story of these two beings is a remarkable tribute and Absolute Unrefutable Proof that all living beings have emotions and feelings(both of which are located in the basic brainstem of all creatures, including humans.) I teach you this to give the scared or closed minded humans who refuse to unlearn the beliefs they've been indoctrinated into something to think about as they use their ignorant false knowledge base in continuing to destroy. I hope many people all over the world and especially children will have the opportunity to learn Owen and Mzee's lesson of survival and love.

March 27th, 2007 at 11:56 pm Kris says:

I have Owen and Mzee as my screensaver. They are my daily inspiration to do good and to be patient with those who are different from me on whatever level. Their's is such a beautiful story that it almost breaks my heart and makes me cry. It proves that out of tragedy beauty can occur.

October 6th, 2006 at 10:45 am sam says:

i love all hippos no matter wat they look like

January 30th, 2006 at 5:12 am dragongirl724 says:

this story has melted my heart since I first read about it. Its so beautiful how accepting these creatures are for one another. They bond better than most people, but then again, people suck so its no wonder really.

Absolutely unselfish, loving friends. The way we should all be, we can definitly learn a thing or 2 from these guys. They are undeniably the cutest couple Ive ever seen. :) I wish them all the best in their unique friendship, I hope they never part.

January 24th, 2006 at 4:34 pm Linda Miller says:

What an amazing story. This is the first that I have heard about it. I have also heard about a snake and a hamster that have become pals. The hamster was put into the snake's cage for dinner, but they "bonded". It just amazes me that two different species that humans believed incapable of consciousness, are now bonding! Is it something that is happening to make humans realize that we are missing the boat on possibilities if only we could control our own inherent aggressive and hostile reactions? I am sure that their is a greater and more powerful force at work here. I know, we are not suppose to attach such esoteric considerations to nature, but one can't help but be awed by this. By the way, as for the 13 year old hippo, I agree with the first comment. The old saying goes, "two's company, three's a crowd", is very relevant and should be done with very careful consideration out of concern for the relationship, not to adjust the 13 year old's loneliness. She is probably quite use to being alone now, isn't she? Also, I am sure there will be another hippo that will come along that they could use to quell any concerns. Don't take the chance on destoying such a beautiful and unusual relationship. It is a wondrous metaphor for all of mankind.....

January 21st, 2006 at 8:07 pm Jessica says:

I hope they don't seperate them from each other. They already have made such and excellent bond together. And, there so cute together.

December 31st, 2005 at 7:36 pm wyse says:


December 31st, 2005 at 4:27 pm ys says:

I hope they make a movie about this and call it "Brokeback Galapagos".

December 31st, 2005 at 12:22 am Barbara Burns says:

I hope introducing Owen to the 13 year old hippo will not destroy his bond or friendship with Mzee .... it is probably very good for both of them ... bonds of love are not built on species even in the animal world but many times on need and circumstances. I feel sorry for the lonely 13 yr old hippo girl being alone but I don't want it to cost Owen or Mzee either to help her. This is a beautiful story of love & friendship ... I hope it has a happy ending for all three.

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