Look Beyond Our Differences


‘Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed.

- Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

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 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. If 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.


‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.’


This is a real story that shows that our differences don’t matter much when we need the comfort of another. We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures.

‘Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together.’

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23 Responses to “Look Beyond Our Differences”

  1. cast Says:

    yes Migs agree, we do need the comfort of each other…. I guess it is our nature to find comfort on other people, whether we’re related to them or not…

  2. jimg29 Says:

    I just read related topic to this post and I realized that most straight men really gravitate on me with pure friendship reasons. I’m lucky that they can tolerate me as a gay person. And I don’t need example from animal kingdom.

  3. pepron Says:

    Thank you for sharing….

  4. James Says:


    thank you migs :-)

  5. creexs Says:

    seriously speaking

  6. paa Says:

    wow.. i got teary-eyed as well.. i wish those two great creatures all the best..

  7. ron Says:

    Awww… what a sight… *sniff*

  8. george Says:

    i believe that is what you call pure love?

  9. josh Says:

    the wonder of creation. Can dis be considered only as instinct or they choose to take care of each other, real LOVE???

  10. fattyacid Says:

    i think it’s not love pure animal instinct.

    pero kung ganyan ang pinapakita mga hayop, dapat na tayong mahiya na mga tao bcoz animals seem to act more ‘humane’ than we humans do…we, humans, are given the ability to think and communicate our thoughts in various ways yet we fail miserably to coexist peacefully in this world.

    nature can survive without humans but humans cannot survive without nature.

  11. jimg29 Says:

    I still have to prove simbiosis between a phyton and a baboon!!

  12. margaux Says:

    this is possibly my favoritest post ever! wonderful message and cute story :)

  13. anton maton Says:

    ay kayo na lang .. sino sa inyo mukhang hippo? niyahahahaha!

  14. french Says:

    aww cute.

  15. Gripen Says:

    Aawwwwwwww! what a cute story, we humans have a lot to learn from these creatures

  16. jimg29 Says:

    kyut talaga ng hippo mukhang maton, ay anton!

  17. george Says:

    anton maton, “kayo na lang” na ano? ano na nga ba ang point ng istorya? sasabihin ko sana utak hippo, pero hwag na..kasi mukhang may sense pa ang hippo!


  18. nell Says:

    how cute!! wow!

  19. the other leo Says:

    haaaay…. at dyan magsisimula ang world peace!!! Galing! Buti pa mga hayop nagkakasundo!

    migs, i think it would be interesting to know what your readers think about the feature sa news na hindi mahilig sa SEX ang mga Filipino. I heard something last night, that according to a survey conducted, SEX ranks only seventh on the hierarchy of things that makes Filipinos happy.

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  22. doodles Says:

    they actually have a book! =)

  23. barron Says:

    love it…

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