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Second African Lion Dies At Brookfield Zoo

CHICAGO (CBS) --  Two weeks after Zenda the African lion died at the Brookfield Zoo, his mate Isis has passed away.

Isis The Lion
(Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

According to the Chicago Zoological Society, zoo staff had been checking in on Isis since Zenda died on January 3 and everything appeared normal. "After 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."

Isis And Zenda
(Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

The zoo said despite providing immediate and intensive care to the lion "Isis sustained significant injuries and the difficult decision was made to humanely euthanize her."

Isis The Lion
(Credit: Brookfield Zoo)

The Chicago Zoological Society said both Isis and Zenda arrived at Brookfield Zoo in May of 2008.

"Isis and her mate were majestic animals who had a strong bond," said Bill Zeigler, senior vice president of animal programs. "The staff, who dedicated their lives to care for these charismatic lions, are heartbroken by their loss."

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