SABU the Asian elephant is in mourning after her best friend Bimbo died this week.
Australia Zoo announced Bimbo's death yesterday on its website, saying the elephant in her late 50s lost her battle with severe arthritis.
Bimbo was one of the oldest elephants in Australia. She had spent the past decade living out a long and happy retirement at Australia Zoo.
"Recently Bimbo's condition worsened," the statement said.
"It became evident to her keepers that she was suffering and in pain, and her long-term wellbeing was compromised.
"Australia Zoo veterinarians made the heart-breaking assessment that Bimbo was not going to improve any further.
"The Australia Zoo family loved Bimbo dearly.
"The smallest of our Asian elephants, she had a beautiful nature and was extremely loyal, peaceful, and tolerant.
"She will be sadly missed."
Bimbo left behind the last elephant of her group, Sabu, after Siam died this year.
In order to care for and support Sabu at this time, she will spend the coming weeks in her large off-display enclosure.
The elephant enclosure, Australia's largest elephant facility, will undergo renovations and there will be no elephants on display.
Australia Zoo did not respond to The Daily's requests for more information and did not confirm if the zoo would seek a new elephant to keep Sabu company.
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