Looking at the pictures of these two big cats makes you realize that when it comes to love, animals aren’t that different than us. The two elderly lion soulmates were recently euthanized together, to guarantee that neither would have to live without their other half.
Kalisa was born in Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and Hubert was born in Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The two met six years ago at The LA Zoo and became inseparable ever since. The 21-year-old couple far exceeded the average lifespan of lions in captivity, which is around 15 years. Sadly though, their age brought a bundle of other health-related issues that greatly affected their quality of life.
The two weren’t only an inseparable part of each other’s lives, but also an inseparable part of the zoo. LA zoo’s animal curator Alisa Behar said: “In the early mornings, staff would routinely hear Hubert’s waking roars, and I will personally miss hearing them on my walks around the grounds. You cannot think of Hubert without thinking of his companion, Kalisa; they’ve been an inseparable couple for years.”
Beth Schaefer LA Zoo’s spokesperson recently gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times. Schaefer said: “These lions were charismatic both together as partners and separately, but they were hardly ever apart from one another. Their undivided attention was always on the other as they rested together, cuddled and nuzzled often.”
In a statement given by Zoo Director and CEO of The LA Zoo, Denise Verret, she said: “Hubert and Kalisa are an iconic part of the L.A. Zoo experience, and our staff and guests have been touched by their loyal companionship. These affectionate companions came to the L.A. Zoo six years ago, and they quickly charmed themselves into our hearts as we observed their magnificent beauty and unique bond. It was often said, you don’t see Kalisa without Hubert being close by. So, while it is truly heart-wrenching that we had to say goodbye to this iconic pair, we can take comfort in knowing they left together. These lions will remain a positive part of our history, and they will be greatly missed.”
Over the six years the two shared together, they parented a respectable sum of 10 cubs.
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