THE UNLIKELY couple of a baby Kenyan hippo and a 130-year-old tortoise were still together,a year after the hippo was separated from its family by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
The relationship between Owen,the two-year-old hippopotamus,and Mzee,the giant tortoise,surprised conservation workers and made international headlines.Owen was living with his family on the Sabaki River when massive waves from the Indian Ocean tsunami reached the East African coast.He was washed into the ocean and stranded on a reef.
Residents of Malindi,a small coastal town,used fishing nets to catch him.He was taken to the Haller Park sanctuary,where he met Mzee and adopted him as a surrogate parent.
The tortoise at first resisted.But the persistent Owen kept following him around the park,into the pool and trying to sleep next to him.
Mzee relented after several days.As the bond grew,the tortoise even returned signs of affection.They are now in separable. - AP