Tiger Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Bronx Zoo


A Malayan tiger in the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19 but is expected to recover, according to a statement published on Sunday from the Wildlife Conservation Society in the New York zoo. 

“Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger in the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. Her sister Azul, two Amur creatures, along with three African Americans had acquired a cough that is dry and are all expected to recover,” the announcement read. “We analyzed the cat from an abundance of care and will guarantee any understanding we get around COVID-19 will add to the planet’s continuing understanding of the book coronavirus.” 

The tiger’s favorable coronavirus evaluation was supported by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory. 

Further, the announcement also explained the creature’s symptoms, mentioning that though they’ve undergone some appetite reduction,”the cats in the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary attention and therefore are bright, attentive, and interactive using their keepers.”

Though it isn’t yet understood how COVID- D 19 may grow in large cats because different species may respond differently to publication diseases, the Wildlife Conservation Society said they may”continue to monitor them carefully and expect complete recoveries.”

As stated by the Wildlife Conservation Society, both cats which were infected by a individual caring for those who had been asymptomatically infected with the coronavirus or before that individual developing symptoms. 

“Proper preventative measures are currently set up for all employees that are caring for these, and also the other cats… to stop additional exposure to some other our zoo creatures,” the announcement read.

New York City’s zoos and volcano was closed since March 16. 

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