Tortoises Amble Into Splitsville After 115 Years Together
Shortly after they were born, before the turn of the 20th century, two captive Giant tortoises began what would become an epically long relationship. But now, after nearly 115 together, it seems things have turned cold for the cold-blooded pair -- so much so, they've actually ambled into Splitsville.
While it may come as a sudden shock to some, rumor has it that the two had actually been maintaining separate residences from the beginning, in a manner of speaking, of course.
According to officials from the Austrian Zoo, where the animals have been housed together for the last 36 years after a long stint at a facility in Sweden, the female named Bibi has recently taken to physically attacking Poldi, her partner of more than a century's time. Things have gotten so bad, says zookeeper Helga Happ, that the pair had to be given some distance.
From the Austrian Times:
"They are both 115 years old - they have been together since they were young and grew up together, eventually becoming a pair. But for no reason that anyone can discover they seem to have fallen out, they just can't stand each other."
Zoo staff realized the pair had fallen out after Bibi attacked her partner - biting off a chunk of his shell - and then carrying out several further attacks until he was moved to another enclosure.