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Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world.

The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyones amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.
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Once upon a time in Kenya, on a peaceful river near the east coast of Africa, a herd of hippopotamus was surprised by heavy rain. The rain washed them away from their river home, toward the Indian Ocean. Then came something worse.
Isabella Hatkoff

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

Owen the baby hippo was separated from his family by floods in December and has found comfort in a year-old tortoise named Mzee. AP photo. MOMBASA, Kenya — For a panic-stricken baby hippo, lost and far from home, the sight of a wrinkly, rotund old male tortoise must have suggested something very different: Are you my mother? Owen the hippo sought refuge behind the tortoise one day just after Christmas, and weeks later here they are together, safe and warm on a lazy afternoon. Owen looks like a character in a children's book, his eyes closed blissfully as he snuggles down in a mud puddle near a reptile years his senior.

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Unfortunately, this pair met in the toughest moments, but becoming best friends helped them thrive. One day, in , a tsunami in southeast Asia made many victims among both humans and animals. Owen the baby hippo was quite tiny when he was swept down from a river and into the Indian Ocean and again to the shore.
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Tsunami-orphaned hippo adopted by year old tortoise. Hippo mothered by male tortoise. Copyright AFP NAIROBI AFP — 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 kilograms pounds , was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, and then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother.

Owen and Mzee are a hippopotamus and an Aldabra giant tortoise , respectively, that became the subject of media attention after forming an unusual bond of friendship. They live in Haller Park , Bamburi , Kenya. Owen was separated from his herd as a juvenile following the December tsunami and was brought to the Haller Park rescue center. Having no other hippos to interact with, Owen immediately attempted to bond with Mzee Swahili for old man [2] , whose large domed shell and brown color resembled an adult hippo. Mzee was reluctant about Owen at first but grew to like him and got used to Owen around him.

When Owen, a baby hippo orphaned by the tsunami in Asia, is taken to a zoo, he is put in with a giant tortoise, and an amazing thing happened: the two became friends. Illustrated with full-page photos. Amazing story of a giant tortoise, hatched from an egg and never mothered, adopting the orphaned hippo, the lone survivor of a dreadful flood. If you like it, and everyone seems to be very touched, you will want to see what happens the next year in the sequel. A heart-warming story about a little baby hippo named owen who is saved after the tsunami in the indian ocean sri lanka and is taken to a natianal park in kenya where there meets Mzee an year old tortise liveing on at the park way before owen arrrive.


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