The Los Angeles Zoo Put Two 21-Year-Old African Lions To Eternal Sleep Due To Health Problems And Old Age That Had Reduced Their Quality Of Life.
About nine months ago, the Los Angeles Zoo announced that animal health and care staff had decided to simultaneously euthanize two of their African lions.
Hubert and Kalisa, a 21-year-old loving couple, were euthanized due to health problems and age-related diseases that had reduced their quality of life.
Hubert was born in Chicago at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Calissa came from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. They met after moving to the Los Angeles Zoo in 2014 and have been inseparable. Zoo employees say they never got to see Kalisa without Hubert; Because Hubert was always by his side and watching over him.
This decision was difficult and painful for officials, employees, and visitors. But at least the fact that this loving couple was leaving the world together and none of them had to stay without the other for a moment was a consolation for all of them.
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According to LA Zoo spokeswoman Beth Schaefer, Hubert and Calissa had a clear and strong bond that was undeniable to guests and staff. The attention of this couple was always focused on each other; Because they often rested together, caressing and hugging each other.
We were overwhelmed by the people who shared their fond memories of Hubert and Kalisa on social media. The couple’s love for each other has created a deep connection with the guests and great sympathy among them.
Lions that live in captivity often reach the age of 20 to 25 years, But the average life of a lion that lives in the wild is about 12 to 16 years.
One of the reasons for the increase in life in the zoo is that the lions no longer have to be stressed and worried about the presence of predators. The giant hunters of lions are humans, But these magnificent animals also have to watch out for cheetahs and hyenas so they don’t steal their food.
Lions in the wild do not have access to medical care; So if they cut or break their claw, they will only suffer in the end; But the lions kept in the zoo, if something happens to them, are immediately under medical care.
Another factor that increases lifespan in zoos that have a standard maintenance system is environmental issues. Lions in the wild depend only on nature for their well-being, So if there is a drought, water or food sources will not be available. Lions living in zoos will not face these problems; Because their living space is always stable, and the zoo keepers provide enough water and food for them.
Los Angeles Zoo Director Dennis Werth said after thanking the care and veterinary staff:
All our staff and guests immediately noticed Hubert and Kalisa upon their transfer to the zoo. I am happy that these two loving and beautiful lions have lived with us longer than the average lifespan of other lions, both in the wild and in other conservation areas.
This decision was difficult for all of us, But we’re sure that Hubert and Kalisa are happy that they both left this world together. These two lions will forever be a positive part of our history, and we will miss them.