Thursday, 20. June 2013
08. 06. 12. - 13:00
The world's oldest animal marriage looks set to have turtley ended after an incredible 115 years when the two Giant Turtles at an Austrian zoo refused to share their cage anymore.
Zoo management have called in animal experts to try and give the pair counselling - feeding them romantic good mood food and trying to get them to join in joint games - but so far without effect.
Zoo boss Helga Happ said: "We get the feeling they can't stand the sight of each other anymore."
Bibi and Poldi have been a pair since before anyone alive today can remember - they have been together at the Austrian zoo in Klagenfurt for 36 years and before that they lived at Basel zoo in Switzerland.
Zoo boss Helga added: "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 realised 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.
Although they have no teeth Giant Turtles have a horn rimmed mouth and powerful jaws that are a potent weapon when they want to cause damage. Each of the 100 kilo animals has the ability to kill the other if they wanted.
Zoo staff have told the experts that nothing has changed in the pair's routine - but Bibi in particular wanted to have the cage to herself and be a single.
Helga added: "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."
Admont – where culture and nature meet
The region of Admont, in Styria, once a popular holiday destination for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors, is undergoing something of a revival.
Niemetz takeover deal sealed
The Romanian Meinl subsidiary Heidi Chocolat will take over the insolvent Viennese Schwedenbomben manufacturer Niemetz.
Building firm Alpine goes into admin
Over 7,000 jobs are at risk after struggling building firm Alpine failed to come up with a restructuring plan for the company.
Huge counterfeit money gang nicked
A money printing gang was busted after police carried out a series of raids on illegal printing factories.
43 year old found dead by one night stand
The body of a 43-year-old man was found in an appartment in Graz, Styria, yesterday (Tuesday).
Three children saved from over-heated cars
Parents have been urged to keep their babies safe after three babies trapped in overheated cars had to be rescued.
Five children rescued from raging river
Five children were rescued after being swept away by raging river currents in Salzburg, Austria.
Viennese museum displays bits of the moon
Three tests samples of moonstone are now on permanent display from NASA at the Natural History Museum in Vienna.
Man bites man over attempted puppy theft
A man who sold a puppy was arrested after he tried beating up the new owner to get the animal back - and was then bitten by the new owner.
Airpower air show damaging the environment, says Green Party
The 2013 Airpower air show due to take place later this month in Aichfeld (Styria, Murtal district) has come in for criticism from environmentalists.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Facebook Tracks Down Dog Killer|
|Flights to France cancelled due to Europe-wide protest|
|Fly Niki plane loses part of its panelling|
|Bottle explosion: toddler get 90,000 Euros|
|Red Light Process starts again in Vienna|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.