A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The zoo announced this on Sunday. The animal may have been infected through a caretaker who showed no symptoms.
The Malayan tiger Nadia was tested after the animal – along with some other lions and tigers – was diagnosed with a dry cough. Other animals in the zoo showed no symptoms.
The zoo expects the lions and tigers to recover fully. They show less appetite, but otherwise manage, it sounds.
“As a precaution, we had a tiger tested because we want to collect as much knowledge about COVID-19 as possible. That can help to understand the new coronavirus, “says the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo.
It is the first tiger to test positive for the virus, but not the first animal.
Two dogs had previously been tested positive in Hong Kong, and another cat tested positive for the sars-CoV-2 virus in Belgium last week. That animal was infected by its owner, who returned from Italy after the spring break.
The woman developed COVID-19 symptoms and tested positive. The cat, who was in close contact with his owner, fell ill a week after the holiday but is now improving.