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"Owen the baby hippo & his mummy were best friends. They loved to play hide-and-seek on the banks of the Sabaki River in Kenya. But then one day the tsunami came and washed Owen's world away. After the rain stops, Owen is cared for by Mzee, a giant tortoise".
The story of Owen & a giant tortoise named Mzee, which means 'old man' in Swahili, is a true one. Owen was rescued by the Kenya Wildlife Service and local fishermen after the hippo and his family were washed down the Sabaki River by a flood, and he was brought back to shore by a tsunami wave. Owen was less than a year old - hippo calves ordinarily stay with their mothers for four years - and no-one could find his mother. So they bought him to Haller Park, a nature preserve outside of Mombasa. There the lonely young hippo chose Mzee, a 130 year old male tortoise, to be his mother, and Mzee doesn't seem to mind one bit.

Book in as-new condition, I accidentally ended up with two the same. Thirty pages, lovely illustrations.

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