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Unlikely Animal Buddies - Baby Hippo & Tortoise - Set of 2 Toys

Original price $9.48USD
Current price $9.00USD
SKU 100495

Sometimes two animals form an unlikely bond that touches your heart. Take Owen and Mzee, the orphaned baby hippopotamus and the motherly tortoise who became his best buddy. You can recreate this unlikely endearing pair with this exclusive gift set featuring a hippopotamus baby and giant tortoise figures!

  • Characteristics: This set includes two accurate, hand-painted figures of a hippopotamus baby and giant tortoise, allowing children to recreate one of the most unbelievable and heartwarming animal friendships of all time.
  • Size and Color: This set of hand-painted Wild Safari figures contains two animal figures:

    The hippopotamus baby is nearly 3 inches long and 1 ¾ inches tall, a little smaller than a credit card, and features a dark reddish brown coloration above fading to a lighter color below.

    The giant tortoise figure is 3 inches long and 2 inches tall, about the side of a deck of cards. It features an olive green coloration on its scaly parts, and a weathered brown on its shell.

  • The Unlikely Animal Buddies Baby Hippo & Tortoise 2 Figure Set is part of the Wild Safari Wildlife collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free


As a baby hippopotamus, Owen was swept out to sea off the coast of Kenya during the tsunami of December 2004. He was found alone and in need of help, and taken to a wildlife sanctuary where he met Mzee, a giant tortoise. Despite their age difference (Owen was just a baby and Mzee was over a hundred years old), they quickly became friends despite Mzee's initial skepticism. 

Owen and Mzee formed an incredible bond, with the hippo following the tortoise around like she was his mother. Eventually, Owen grew too large and had to be moved to a different enclosure, but he'll likely always remember his unlikely friendship with Mzee the tortoise. 


  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • UPC: 95866005009