Tiger At Bronx Zoo Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus And Six Other Big Cats Are Showing Symptoms

It’s been reported that a tiger at Bronx zoo has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Tiger is believed to have contracted the virus from a zoo worker and they believe six other big cats including lion’s and tigers are showing symptoms.

Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger was tested and it say she is positive for the virus and USDA have said it is the “first case of its kind”.

Bronx Zoo have said:

“Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms.”

The zoo has been closed to the public since mid-March and Nadia started to show signs of sickness on March 27.

A zoo spokesperson has continued to say:

“We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,”

The four tigers live together in one enclosure and there also is a male One male Amur tiger that lives in the same enclosure has not exhibited any symptoms.

The USDA have provided a statement and said:

“This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19.

“Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness.

“Public health officials believe these large cats became sick after being exposed to a zoo employee who was actively shedding [the] virus.

“All of these large cats are expected to recover. There is no evidence that other animals in other areas of the zoo are showing symptoms.”

 

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