Bored Panda works better on our iPhone app
Continue in app Continue in browser
BoredPanda Add Post

The Bored Panda iOS app is live! Fight boredom with iPhones and iPads here.

Elderly Lion Couple That Were Soulmates Are Put To Sleep At The Same Time So Neither Has To Live Alone
404points
56.5K
Animals2 years ago

Elderly Lion Couple That Were Soulmates Are Put To Sleep At The Same Time So Neither Has To Live Alone

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Zoo announced that animal care and health staff had made the difficult decision to put two of their lions to sleep at the same time. 21-year-old soulmates Hubert and Kalisa were euthanized “due to their declining health and age-related illnesses that had diminished their quality of life.”

Hubert was born in Chicago, at Lincoln Park Zoo, and Kalisa came from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. They met after they were transferred to Los Angeles Zoo in 2014. Since then, they had been completely inseparable from one another.

More info: lazoo.orgFacebook | Instagram

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

LA Zoo spokesperson Beth Schaefer said Hubert and Kalisa had a clear and strong bond with each other that was undeniable by guests and staff alike. “These lions were charismatic both together as partners and separately, but they were hardly ever apart from one another,” Schaefer told Bored Panda in a statement.

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

According to Schaefer, the couple’s undivided attention was always on the other as they rested together, cuddled, and nuzzled often.

“We have been touched by the community who have shared their fond memories of Hubert and Kalisa with us on social media. The pair’s love for one another created a deeper connection with our guests and incredible empathy, which we have seen through the outpouring show of support from our guests.”

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Lions that live in captivity make often make it to the age of 20-25 years, while the life expectancy of a lion living in the wild is about 12-16 years of age.

There are multiple reasons for this disparity.

For example, they don’t have to watch out for predators while spending their days in captivity. While the biggest predator to lions is people, these majestic animals also have to watch out for cheetahs and hyenas, who can steal their food.

Also, lions don’t have access to medical care when they’re out in the wild. If they cut or break their paw, they will end up suffering. Lions in zoos, on the other hand, will get immediate medical attention if anything happens to them.

Another factor is environmental issues. Lions in the wild depend solely on nature for their well-being. But if there’s a drought, there won’t be water or food sources available for them. Captive lions, however, don’t have to deal with these problems as their living space will always remain the same and zookeepers will give them plenty of food and water.

Image credits: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Here’s what people said about the majestic couple

Share on Facebook
Popular on Bored Panda
Add your comment
Raine Soo
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rest together in peace, Hubert and Kalisa. Damn it, I am starting to tear up...

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such beautiful lions, even in advanced years. While the LA Zoo is a fine zoo, I wish they could have roamed in an environment like Lion Country Safari. Nos their spirits roam free.

Oliver
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! They should have been in a sanctuary to live in peace. Happy they are finally at peace together though. They were caged so people could say they saw a lion. Humans treat every living thing so poorly.

Load More Replies...
hobbitly
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A zoo is the only place where all the prisoners are innocent :(

littlesaresare
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't forget factory farms, fur farms, labs, animal circuses...

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Raine Soo
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rest together in peace, Hubert and Kalisa. Damn it, I am starting to tear up...

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such beautiful lions, even in advanced years. While the LA Zoo is a fine zoo, I wish they could have roamed in an environment like Lion Country Safari. Nos their spirits roam free.

Oliver
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! They should have been in a sanctuary to live in peace. Happy they are finally at peace together though. They were caged so people could say they saw a lion. Humans treat every living thing so poorly.

Load More Replies...
hobbitly
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A zoo is the only place where all the prisoners are innocent :(

littlesaresare
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't forget factory farms, fur farms, labs, animal circuses...

Load More Replies...
Load More Comments
Popular on Bored Panda
Popular on Bored Panda
User Submissions
Also on Bored Panda
Also on Bored Panda