After 115 years together, tortoise couple calls it quits

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Bibi and Poldi's relationship makes most human marriages look like mere flings. The 115-year-old Giant Tortoises have been together since they were young, eventually growing up to become a bonded pair. But now the century-spanning relationship is coming to an end since Bibi decided she couldn't stand the sight of Poldi any longer.


Each of these two reptilian residents of Austria's Reptilienzoo Happ weighs 100 kilos, and could kill the other if they wanted to. And it appears that Bibi may be harboring homicidal thoughts for her long-time partner, biting off chunks of his shell and attacking him in their shared enclosure. 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.

The staffers have no idea what drove the tortoises apart, but they still hope to bring these crazy kids back together. Said the zoo's director Helga Happ to the Austrian Times:

"We have staff talking to and trying to engage the two in interacting, and we hope that they might find their harmony again.

"We were told that it's very rare that after so many years animals who are a pair will fall apart, but that's where we are. We hope though we can bring round a reconciliation."


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Shelling Out for a Divorce [Austrian Times via MSN via BuzzFeed]

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Am I the only one who thinks they look more like tortoises than turtles.

Any experts out there?

Are they really turtles?