A Tiger at The Bronx Zoo New York, Has Been Tested Positive For Coronavirus

The big cat is the first known case in the world of a non-domesticated animal with coronavirus symptoms, and is one of seven sick tigers at the zoo. The tiger has become the first of her kind to test positive for the COVID-19.

“This is the first time an animal has gotten sick from coronavirus from a person,” Paul calle, the chief veterinarian for the Bronx Zoo NYC. The 4 year old  Malaysian tiger, named Nadia, was likely to have contracted the coronavirus from an infected (but unknown asymptomatic zookeeper). The zoo has not been opened to visitors since March 16.

Though they came across some decrease in the past, the tigers and other cats at the Bronx Zoo in New York are bright and doing well under veterinary care, alert, and are also interactive with their keepers," The Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS]  managing the Zoo, revealed this in a statement. That It is not known how coronavirus disease will develop in big cats since different species could react differently to coronavirus infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate their full recoveries."

An employee who didn't show any symptoms of the novel deseas while caring for the cats infected the tiger and appropriate preventive measures are now in place for all staff who are caring for them, and the same measures are take for other cats in our four WCS zoos, this aimed to prevent further exposure of any of our cats in our zoo." the organization added.


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