A Baby Hippo Got Swept Away By A Tsunami And A 130-Year-Old Tortoise Became His Best Friend

April 19, 2018

In December 2004, a frightened young hippo, separated from his family by a devastating tsunami, bonded with an Aldabra tortoise named Mzee. The 130 year-old tortoise accepted Owen as his own, and an inseparable bond was forged.

tortoise and baby hippo owen and mzee

tortoise and baby hippo owen and mzee

tortoise and baby hippo owen and mzee

tortoise and baby hippo owen and mzee

tortoise and baby hippo owen and mzee

tortoise and baby hippo owen and mzee

The unlikely pair remained best friends for several years. Eventually Mzee was moved to another enclosure as Owen grew up. Owen wasn't alone though. A female hippo named Cleo joined him as a companion.

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