The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.
La historia increible de dos amigos, un bebe de hipopotamo llamado Owen y una tortuga gigante de 130 anos llamada Mzee. Cuando Owen se quedo atrapado en medio del mar despues del maremoto de diciembre de 2004, los habitantes de Kenya trabajaron sin descanso para rescatarlo. Despues, para el asombro de todos, el hipopotamo huerfano y la tortuga gigante se adoptaron el uno al otro. Ahora son inseparables y juegan, nadan y comen juntos. Este libro nos recuerda que la amistad es mas fuerte que las diferencias que a veces nos separan.
An unlikely friendship formed between a 130 year old giant turtle and a baby hippopotamus after the tsunami on the Indian Sea December 2004. The hippopotamus, which got his name from one of the rescuers, was displaced after the tsunami flooded his habitat and claimed his mother. Thousands of volunteers worked tirelessly to load the baby hippowho used every one of his 150 pounds to fight them offonto a truck that would take him to an animal refuge. Once they arrived at the animal refuge the volunteers unloaded Owen into an area that had all a hippo would need, such as a pond and thicket. There were already inhabitants in this area, including a turtle named Mzee. Mzee, which is Swahili for old wise one, was the oldest inhabitant of the refuge and like most giant turtles preferred solitude. The refuge workers watched in awe as the friendship between this unfriendly turtle and lonely baby hippo quickly developed. Experts are still unsure if Owen so quickly took a liking to Mzee because he needed a maternal figure but they are not really trying to figure it out; they just enjoy watching them together. They are not the only ones. Since word got out about the unlikely friendship the refuge gets daily visitors who want to see the hippo and turtle. Not only is the story heartwarming but it teaches all of us that your best friend could very well be the most different from you. Not one of their differences, their age, their species, or their origin mattered, Owen and Mzee enjoy each other's company and that is what is really important. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz