Helpful hippo helps stranded animals on the Mara River

November 11th, 2010 - 9:26 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Nairobi, Nov 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Animals are often not regarded as having affection for other species. They show great affection for their own but they are often not known to do the same for animals of different species. However a hippopotamus has not only shown that it has affection for any particular specie. The animal showed great love to two different species at a time.

The animal that has been dubbed the “Good Samaritan” by some media outlets stunned all the witnesses at the Sanctuary Olonana in Kenya when it rescued not one but two different species. The animal saved a young wildebeest which is properly called gnu and a young zebra.

The few lucky observers to witnessed the action live, said the animal first rescued the gnu. The little animal was part of the large migratory wildebeest and as it tried to cross the Mara River, it fell into it. When it seemed the animal was going to drown, the hippo used its head and pushed the animal to the bank. After that stunning act of “love”, the gnu rose to its feet and did run to the relived mother who was all along looking helplessly as the animal drifted away.

Just when the viewers of the spectacle were discussing what has just happened, a young zebra also fell into the river. Again the “good” hippo was on hand to save the zebra as well.

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