Reports emerged this week of a very sad divorce in the animal world – the irrevocable split of a pair of giant turtles at an Austrian zoo after 115 happy years.
Bibi and Poldi have been together at the zoo in Klagenfurt for 36 of those years, previously living at Basel zoo in Switzerland, where they had grown up and become an item, the Austrian Times reported.
But now they refuse to share an enclosure, sad zoo officials have revealed, with zoo manager Helga Happ saying that “for no reason that anyone can discover they seem to have fallen out; they just can’t stand each other.”
The female turtle Bibi started “divorce proceedings”, it was reported, when she attacked her partner Poldi and bit off some of his shell. The attacks continued until he was moved elsewhere.
Animal psychologists were brought in to try “marriage counselling”, trying to reignite the turtles’ passion by such measures as aphrodisiac foods and group games, but it was no use.
Their “final divorce” has now come through, and the pair are now living separate lives. Zoo authorities said that the 100 kilo creatures could easily kill each other if hostilities continued.