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Tsunami Friends: Owen and Mzee

The tsunami in south Asia reached as far as the east coast of Africa.

Newspapers picked up the story of a baby hippo who was washed out to sea with his mom and the rest of his herd. The baby hippo washed back up on shore but his mom and the others didn't. (To enlarge the photo of Owen and Mzee, click on the photo or link)

Given the name Owen, he's now being cared for at a Mombasa, Kenya wildlife sanctuary, where he has adopted a new "mom" -- Mzee, a male, 120-year-old giant tortoise.

Here's one news account:

A 120-year-old giant tortoise living in a Kenyan sanctuary has become friends with a baby hippo that was rescued by game wardens. Owen, the year-old hippo rescued last month, suffered from dehydration after being separated from his herd in a river than drains into the Indian Ocean. (To enlarge the photo of Owen and Mzee, click on the photo or link)

When Owen made it to the sanctuary, he headed toward the tortoise which has a dark gray color similar to grown hippos. Wardens said Owen would not have survived alone in the wild.

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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals. Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God' (Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see Isaiah 11:5-9).

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