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  • Natalie Siburt

    best friends! 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.

  • Megan Gilmore

    Kids bathroom - Owen and Mzee, a hippo and a tortoise, nap together in Kenya. These two even have their own book - Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship. (Photo credit: Turtle Pond Publications / http://www.owenandmzee.com)

  • Ana Rial

    Owen, a baby hippo, was rescued in the Indian Ocean after the 2004 earthquake. He was put in a pen with Mzee, a 130-year-old Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Over time the two became inseparable companions - eating, sleeping, swimming, and playing together. And they became famous; Owen and Mzee: The true story of a remarkable friendship hit the New York Times bestseller list. There's a great article in National Geographic, and you can check out more at the Owen and Mzee web site.

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