Are you my mother?
A true story
Have you ever read the P.D. Eastman story, Are You My Mother? It's the classic tale of a baby bird that falls out of its nest, and wanders off in search of its mother.
Every time it encounters an animal, it thinks, "Maybe this is my mother!" Might be a dog, might be a cow, might even be a Snort: the baby bird isn't choosy, it just wants a Mama.
Here's the true story of a baby hippo that did something similar. (The story has been verified by Snopes.com.)
The story concerns a baby hippo. It was washed into the Indian Ocean in 2004, when the tsunami hit the coast of Kenya. Although the hippo survived the ordeal, it became separated from its mother.
Like the baby bird in the P.D. Eastman tale, the hippo went off in search of a surrogate mother. And it was lucky enough to find a willing (if unlikely) candidate:
That's one big tortoise! More photos and a fuller account of the story can be found at AmbivaBlog.