A 4 years old female tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, was tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, the Malayan tiger was tested positive after experiencing a dry cough. However, the animal’s health state is judged stable and is expected to recover.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) explained that samples from the tiger along with five other tigers and lions were taken and tested after they have shown symptoms of respiratory illness.
“Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers,” the zoo said.
“It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”
Dr. Paul Calle, the zoo’s chief veterinarian, explained on facebook that the Covid-19 testing that was performed on Nadia is not the same test used for people, as revealed by CNN.
The animals were infected by a zoo employee who was infected with the virus. USDA advised those affected by the coronavirus to minimize contact with animals, including pets.
As a reminder, the Bronx Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16.