People often say history repeats itself, but nobody expected what happened on January 18th, 2012. After similar weather conditions (a heavy storm and a flash flood) another hippo washed up at their doorstep of Tonie. This one was even smaller than Jessica, when she was found. It still had its umbilical cord attached! So it couldn’t have been more than a few hours old! The mother was nowhere to be found so Oom Tonie decided to save this hippo as well, and named it Seun.
Seun’s situation, however, is vastly different from Jessica’s. As Seun is a male, he cannot be released at night. Male hippos come to visit Jessica now and then Tonie has counted six different individuals around his home so far. Seun is in essence a young male that’s not protected by his mother, and if one of these males would find him, they would kill him immediately. That is unfortunately how territorial hippos behave.
Even though Jessica has accepted Seun and they now are behaving just like mother and child, Oom Tonie does not want to rush the process. When Seun will be released at night, he will basically be free to go wherever he wants, but Oom Tonie wants Seun to understand that at this age he needs Jessica for protection and that it is in his best interest to stay with her until he is older.