After 115 years together as a ‘married’ couple Bibi and Poldi’s relationship looks to have come to a painful end. Yes 115 years, making all human marriages pale in comparison. Bibi & Poldi are turtles! Bibi, the female, and Poldi, the male, have lived in the Klagenfurt, Austria based zoo for the past 36 years, and were previously located at the Basel Zoo in Switzerland.
The 115-year-old Giant Tortoises have been together since they were young, eventually growing up to become a bonded pair. But now it seems that Bibi cannot stand the sight of her partner. Each of these two reptilian residents of Austria’s Reptilienzoo Happ weighs 100 kilos, and could kill the other if they wanted to. Bibi has been biting off chunks of Poldi’s shell and attacking him in their shared enclosure. After all these years! Sigh, women!
Finally, the zoo staff decided to move Poldi to a separate enclosure where he can safely avoid being turtle-pecked by Bibi. The staff has called in animal behaviorists to provide marriage counseling for the pair in the form of aphrodisiac foods and bonding games, but to no avail. I dunno if they played Barry White or not! The staffers have no idea what drove the tortoises apart, but they still hope to bring these crazy kids back together.
Here’s the quarrelsome twosome.