Hubert was born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo and Kalisa was born at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The pair came to LA Zoo in 2014.
Hubert and Kalisa, the Los Angeles Zoo's African lion couple, have been euthanized, reports ABC7. The lions, both 21-years-old, were reportedly euthanized because of their declining health and age-related illnesses that diminished their quality of life, a zoo spokesperson Beth Schaefer, said in a statement.
Both the lions were born in different zoos. Hubert was born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo and Kalisa was born at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, and that's where the pair were introduced. In 2014, the couple arrived at the LA Zoo. Before being paired with Kalisa, Hubert fathered 10 cubs. Sadly, the couple has no cubs together.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our African lion pair, Hubert and Kalisa. Animal care and health staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the 21-year-old lions today due to their declining health and age-related illnesses. pic.twitter.com/LsAyyMRYHP— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) July 30, 2020
"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," Alisa Behar, curator of mammals at the LA Zoo, said in a statement. "You cannot think of Hubert without thinking of his companion, Kalisa; they've been an inseparable couple for years," Behar added. "I have to commend our animal care and veterinary staff for the great care they've given this pair, a couple who lived longer than most lions do in human care and the wild." While it's sad to see them gone, the Zoo claims that both the lions have lived well beyond the average life expectancy for African lions.
“Hubert and Kalisa are an iconic part of the L.A. Zoo experience, and our staff and guests have been touched by their loyal companionship,” said CEO & Zoo Director Denise Verret. “These affectionate companions came to the L.A. Zoo six years ago, pic.twitter.com/vCYGUmechA— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) July 30, 2020
In the wild, African lions are expected to survive until their mid-teens and about 17 years in zoos. "Hubert and Kalisa are an iconic part of the LA Zoo experience, and our staff and guests have been touched by their loyal companionship," said Denise Verret, CEO & Zoo Director of the LA Zoo. Schaefer added that the bond between the lions was evident to the visitors. The spokesperson, while talking to the Los Angeles Times, said: "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."
where 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, pic.twitter.com/O8OLydN3xY— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) July 30, 2020
This news comes after a heartbroken mother swan passed away after cruel vandals reportedly crushed her unhatched eggs with bricks, as we reported earlier. The upsetting incident unfolded last month in Bolton, Great Manchester when a group of teenage boys hurled rocks and bricks at unborn cygnets and killed them. On May 20, the ruthless boys were spotted throwing rocks and bricks at the swan's nest along the Manchester Canal in Kearsley. The mother swan, who has been said to have died earlier this week from a "broken heart," passed away shortly after the father swan disappeared, reports Manchester Evening News.
take comfort in knowing they left together. These lions will remain a positive part of our history, and they will be greatly missed.” With an average life expectancy of mid-teens and about 17 years in Zoos, Hubert and Kalisa were considered elderly when they arrived in 2014. pic.twitter.com/576oEfAGbt— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) July 30, 2020
People who witnessed the heartless act revealed that the teens were aiming for the island where the swans had created a nest. Furthermore, they said that the rocks thrown by the boys damaged three out of six eggs. Apart from them, wildlife activists monitoring the swans said that more eggs were lost during the recent weeks leaving behind only one surviving egg. They added that the father swan was driven out of the nest two weeks ago due to stress and that he has not returned ever since. To add to the mother swan's misery, she had been harassed by ducks, moorhens, and a dog after the first attack on her unhatched eggs. Then earlier this week, she was tragically found dead in her nest, revealed heartbroken activists.
They quickly became favorites among L.A. Zoo guests and staff and were known for their frequent cuddles. “I commend our animal care and veterinary staff for the great care they’ve given this pair, a couple who lived longer than most lions do in human care and the wild.” pic.twitter.com/Icm879M6Lt— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) July 30, 2020
Please join us in honoring Hubert and Kalisa and their legacy by sharing some of your favorite memories of them here or by tagging LA Zoo. pic.twitter.com/9LvNv5lBOu— Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens (@LAZoo) July 30, 2020