- Illinois, USA -
On Tuesday, January 14, the Chicago Zoological Society announced the death of their 14-year-old female African lion Isis (first two pictures below).
Her death comes less than two weeks after the loss of her mate Zenda (last two pictures below with Isis).
The Brookfield Zoo’s male African lion was euthanized on January 2, due to age-related issues that impacted his quality of life.
The zoo wrote in their Facebook post: “Animal care staff checked on 14-year-old Isis in her outdoor habitat yesterday morning shortly after 9:00 a.m. and all appeared normal. However, upon revisiting the habitat a short time later, she was observed laying on the floor of the moat. Although not witnessed, it appears that Isis fell and was injured. Despite the immediate and intensive treatment provided by the veterinary staff, Isis sustained significant injuries and the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize her today.”
It's unclear what caused Isis to fall and the zoo is reviewing all aspects of the incident.
The zoo also wrote: “Both Isis and Zenda arrived at Brookfield Zoo in May 2008. They could often be seen grooming one another and sleeping together. Isis and Zenda were majestic animals who had a strong bond.”
USA Today reports that Bill Zeigler, the Chicago Zoological Society's senior vice president of animal programs, said they have plans to acquire two new male lions but the date for their arrival has not yet been set.
Pictures via Brookfield Zoo