Giant tortoises end 115 year love affair
A pair of giant tortoises have left zoo keepers shell-shocked after ending their loving 115-year relationship following a blazing row.
Bibi and Poldi called time on their enduring century-long love affair, described as the world’s longest animal marriage, this week after a major fall-out.
Zoo keepers at Klagenfurt Zoo in southern Austria said the pair simply ‘can’t stand the sight of each other’ anymore.
The duo had to be separated after female Bibi began attacking her mate, even taking a chunk out of his shell in one particularly vicious attack.
Even marriage counselling couldn’t help solve the warring pair’s problems after a keeper attempted to reunite the pair.
‘We get the feeling they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore,’ explained Zoo director Helga Happ. ‘For no reason anyone can discover, they have fallen out.’
‘They have been together since they were young and grew up together, eventually becoming a pair,’ she added.
‘We have keepers talking to them and trying to engage the two in interacting.’
Born in 1897, the pair were kept at Basel Zoo in Switzerland before they were moved to Austria where they have been kept for 36 years.