Sad news to report from Brookfield Zoo:
We are grieving the loss of our female African lion Isis. Her death comes less than 2 weeks after the loss of her mate Zenda. Monday, Isis was observed laying on the floor of her moat injured. Despite intensive treatment, the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize her. pic.twitter.com/pxz00AmXw1
— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) January 14, 2020
These weren’t just two random lions. Zenda and Isis had a clear bond, grooming and cuddling each other constantly. I’m sure they would prefer to be in the wild, but at least they found each other!
#RelationshipGoals: Lions lick and head rub in order to reinforce social bonds. Judging from this footage, looks like it’s working for Isis and Zenda! #WildlySurprising #BrookfieldZoo #lions pic.twitter.com/YQS8FOLsvX
— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) February 14, 2019
Sure, it could be a coincidence that Isis accidentally fell in the moat just two weeks after her BFF Zenda passed away.
Isis’s was so brokenhearted that she just couldn’t stand to be alone anymore and ended it herself in an act of excruciating love!
I can’t prove it, but you can’t prove me wrong, either! At least that’s the story I’m telling myself.
What’s obvious is that trips to Brookfield Zoo won’t quite be the same without Z and ‘sis!