Inseparable lion and lioness put to death by zoo so they won't live alone
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Inseparable lion and lioness put to death by zoo so they won't live alone

A pair of lions have been put to death so neither has to live without the other in an unusual case of animal euthanasia at a US zoo.

Loved up couple Hubert the lion and Kalisz the lioness were said to have both been in declining health and aged 21-years-old when they were executed at Los Angeles Zoo on Thursday.

Staff at the zoo are said to be bereft at the deaths of the animals who are believed to have been together for the past six years.

While the typical lion lifespan in the wild is approximately 15 years, the big cats have been known to live as long as 30 years in captivity.



Hubert was born in a zoo in Chicago, while Kalisz came from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo – with the beasts being united when they were both moved to Los Angeles Zoo in 2014.

Zoo keeper Beth Schaefer expressed her sadness at the loss of the animals – and claims they were inseparable.

She told the LA Times: “These lions were charismatic both together as partners and separately, but they were hardly ever apart from one another.”



She continued: “Their undivided attention was always on the other as they rested together, cuddled and nuzzled often.”

While zoo curator Alisa Behar told the publication that staff were devastated to kill the two animals at the same time.

She said: “This is a very hard loss for our zoo community.

“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.”

She added: “You cannot think of Hubert without thinking of his companion, Kalisa, they’ve been an inseparable couple for years.”

According to reports, Hubert fathers 10 cubs over his lifetime, while Kalisa did not have any offspring.

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Pat Reaves
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