A loving pair of African lions that lived as companions at the Los Angeles Zoo for the past six years have been euthanized, officials announced Thursday.
The decision to “humanize euthanasia” Hubert and Kalisa, the 21-year-old companion, was made by animal care and health personnel because of their declining health and age-related illnesses that reduced their quality of life, officials said. zoo in a release news.
“In the early mornings, staff would listen to Hubert’s waking routines, and I personally would miss hearing them on my walks around the fields,” said Alisa Behar, mammal curator at Zoo Zoo.
Hubert was born on February 7, 1999 at Lincoln Park Zoo in agoikago. Zoo officials said he gave birth to 10 cubs and met his longtime companion, Kalisa, an African female lion born December 26, 1998, at Woodland Park Zoo in Washington.
The pair moved to the LA Zoo in 2014, but despite their long association, Hubert and Kalisa never had their puppies.
“You can not think of Hubert without thinking of his friend, Kalisa; they have been an inseparable couple for years,” Behar said.
Officials said the average life expectancy for African lions in their mid-teens and about 17 years at the zoo. The African lion is native to savannas, arid forest lands, and semi-desert regions from the southern Sahara Desert to South Africa.
“Hubert and Kalisa are an iconic part of the LA Zoo experience, and our staff and guests are touched by their loyal company,” said Denise Verret, General Manager and Zoo Zoo. “Their longevity is truly a testament to the level of professional care our veterinary and animal care teams provide for our elderly animals.”
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