This heartbreaking, yet beautiful story contains animal death. Zoos are often very controversial businesses as some people do not agree with keeping wild animals in captivity.
However, when you read beautiful conservation stories like these, it makes you realise they are not all bad. Animals in zoos (and their natural environment) often end up incredibly bonded to their companions.
Just like humans, animals love company and they sometimes end up with very special relationships. This is what happened to this beautiful lion couple Hubert and Kalisa.
But, once they got older and their health declined, LA Zoo opted to humanely euthanise the pair so that they didn’t have to live without their best friend.
CEO & Zoo Director Denise Verret said:
“These affectionate companions came to the L.A. Zoo six years ago, and they quickly charmed themselves into our hearts as we observed their magnificent beauty and unique bond. It was often said, you don’t see Kalisa without Hubert being close by. 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.”
Pay your condolences to the beautiful creatures on the Facebook post here.