New Delhi: Soon after the first case of coronavirus in animal was detected at the Bronx Zoo in New York, four more tigers and three lions have now tested positive for COVID-19, as per the latest statement issued by the zoo authorities.
The first known case of COVID-19 in big cat was reported on April 5 when the Wildlife Conservation Society reported that one Malayan tiger had tested positive for coronavirus.
The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia, developed a dry cough and loss of appetite in late March, while Nadia’s sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions also showed the same symptoms of coronavirus.
“We can confirm that the three other tigers in Tiger Mountain and the three African lions that exhibited a cough have also tested positive for COVID-19,” said the zoo in a statement on April 22.
“The tests from faecal samples confirmed our suspicion that all seven cats had the infection, and also determined that one tiger at Tiger Mountain that never developed a cough was also positive for the disease,” the zoo statement added.
According to the zoo authorities, all the eight animals are doing well and they are behiving normally, eating well and also their coughing has reduced to a great extent.