A Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, but is expected to recover, according to an announcement released on Sunday by the Wildlife Conservation Society at the New York Zoo.
"Nadia, a 4-year-old Malayan tigress at the Bronx Zoo, tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are supposed to develop recover, "was the explanation. "We have tested the cat with caution and will ensure that any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the global understanding of this novel corona virus."
The tiger's positive coronavirus test was confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory.
Although it is not yet known how COVID-19 will develop in big cats, as different species can respond differently to new infections, the Wildlife Conservation Society stated that they "continue to monitor them closely and expect a full recovery".
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the six cats were infected by a person who cared for them and who was asymptomatically infected with the coronavirus or before that person developed symptoms.
"For all employees who take care of them and the other cats, there are now suitable preventive measures … to prevent further exposure to other of our zoo cats," the statement says.
New York's zoos and aquariums have been closed since March 16.
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