A true story of love between dog-cat-mouse & hippo and tortoise!...Wish Ram Dass a Happy 80th Birthday!



This is a video of a homeless man in Santa Barbara and his pets. They work State Street every week for donations. The animals are pretty well fed and are mellow. They are a family. The man who owns them rigged a harness up for his cat so she wouldn't have to walk so much (like the dog and himself). At some juncture the rat came along, and as no one wanted to eat anyone else, the rat started riding with the cat and, often, on the cat! The dog will stand all day and let you talk to him and admire him for a few chin scratches. The Mayor of Santa Barbara filmed this clip and sent it out as a holiday card.
 
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"Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed."

- Rachel Naomi Re men, 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 Abaci

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 of God,

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

 



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Wish Ram Dass a Happy 80th Birthday!

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