Our vegetarian of the week is the helpful hippo who rescued a baby gnu and a baby zebra, saving them from being washed away in the raging Mara River in Tanzania, Africa, to the complete astonishment of onlookers. In two heroic acts, our hippo first guided a baby gnu to the safety of the river’s bank as the mother looked on helplessly. The hippo then delivered a small zebra that was also lost in the raging waters.
Thousands of animals migrate across the river each year, and people gather to watch the event. Noone has ever reported seeing anything comparable to what was described by one as maternal love that surpassed the boundaries of species.