Shira seemed unable to accept the loss of her child. Zoo workers observed her pacing in her cage as she held the infant. Shira was seen shaking the corpse, perhaps hoping to see it stir.
She has had two children in the past year, and both of them have died.
Shira demonstrated the same grief and denial when she lost her son last May.
“The bond between mothers and their babies is particularly close,” he said.
In time, Shira accepted the loss of her son and allowed zoo workers to take the body.
Shira tried so hard to wake the dead girl. She seemed to not want to believe she lost her second child. Shira was even observed sleeping with the corpse at night, laying it across her lap.
And now that will be possible. Shira has finally allowed zookeepers to remove the baby from the enclosure.