Well, at least you can say that they had a good run.
Giant tortoises Bibi and Poldi have ended a 115 year long “marriage”—a marriage that outlasted any other animal coupling (human marriages included). In fact, it’s lasted longer than a lot of the oldest people on Earth.
Unfortunately, zoo officials reported on Friday that the couple can no longer see the love inside the other’s centenial scales.
Bibi and Poldi have been having some problems living together. Apparently the once lovey-dovey turtles have been getting on each other’s nerves, and started fighting regularly.
The first fight involved Bibi biting off a piece of her “husband’s” shell. Eventually, zoo officials stepped in and placed the two in separate cages.
The couple has lived together from their youth in the Basel Zoo in Switzerland to their most recent 36-year stay at the Reptilien Zoo Happ in Austria.
Helga Happ, of the Reptilien Zoo Happ, told the Autrian Times, “We get the feeling they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore.”
adly, even sneaking aphrodisiacs into their food wasn’t enough to make the two curmudgeonly turtles friendly to each other, and couples-counseling from animal experts doesn’t seem to be much of an option either. Divorce appears inevitable.
On the bright side, though, the marriage has probably outlasted the average American celebrity marriage by at least 114 years.