Elderly Lion Couple Put to Sleep at Same Time So Neither Has to Live Alone

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This is the heartbreaking story of how an elderly lion couple were put to sleep at the same time so that neither one of them had to live alone.

The pair were always together at LA Zoo and were one of the top attractions for visitors from across the globe.

But sadly, with their health declining, their time was up and the zoo thought it best to euthanize them both.

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We really don’t! And here’s just another example why.

Of an elderly lion couple who were a huge attraction at LA Zoo.

And workers at the zoo said that Hubert and Kalisa were definitely soulmates.

Countless people were blown away by their loyalty to one another.

And many people said the inseparable lovers were never seen away from one another.

The average lifespan for lions is between 15 and 17, but Hubert and Kalisa were much older.

And while they lived a long and healthy life, old age was beginning to settle in.

Both Hubert and Kalisa’s health was rapidly declining as was their quality of life, due to their old age.

They were going to have to euthanize the lions so that they don’t die in agony.

Because if one of them was without the other, they would be completely heartbroken and distraught.

It was an incredibly tough decision – but they simply couldn’t let them live alone.

Beth Schaefer, a spokesperson for LA Zoo, told the Los Angeles Times:
These lions were charismatic both together as partners and separately, but they were hardly ever apart from one another.


Their undivided attention was always on the other as they rested together, cuddled and nuzzled often.
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 CEO and zoo director Denise Verret also made an emotional statement, saying:
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These affectionate companions came to the LA Zoo six years ago, and they quickly charmed themselves into our hearts as we observed their magnificent beauty and unique bond.


So, while it is truly heart-wrenching that we had to say goodbye to this iconic pair, we can take comfort in knowing they left together. These lions will remain a positive part of our history, and they will be greatly missed.

Verret also said that the lions were an ‘iconic part of the zoo’ and that countless guests have been ‘touched by their companionship’.

Thanking them for their hard work and concluding that the pair ‘lived longer than most lions do in human care and in the wild’.

Alisa Behar, who works as the zoo’s animal curator, said:
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.


You cannot think of Hubert without thinking of his companion, Kalisa; they’ve been an inseparable couple for years.

Our thoughts go out to all those at LA Zoo who are definitely mourning the losses of Hubert and Kalisa.

But at least they’re together still.