A tiger from the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for COVID-19 after apparent exposure to an infected worker.
The four-year-old Malaysian tiger named Nadia has been tested too cautiously after developing a dry cough and decreased appetite, the zoo’s parent company, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said on Sunday.
Six other zoo cats, including Nadia’s sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions, also suffered from possible coronavirus symptoms, WCS said.
All cats should recover.
A four-year-old Malaysian tiger named Nadia (photo) at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for COVID-19, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced on Sunday.
Nadia (before) has been tested with too much caution after developing a dry cough and decreased appetite. Six other zoo cats, including Nadia’s sister Azul (rear), two Amur tigers and three African lions, also suffered from possible coronavirus symptoms, WCS said.
WCS said the cats were infected by a caregiver who had COVID-19 but was asymptomatic or had not yet developed symptoms.
“Appropriate preventive measures are now in place for all staff who care for them, as well as for the other cats in our four WCS zoos, to prevent any further exposure of our zoo cats,” the statement said.
Nadia’s positive COVID-19 results have been confirmed by the USDA’s National Laboratory for Veterinary Services in Iowa.
The other cats do not appear to have been tested for the virus.
“Although they have had a decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert and interactive with their caretakers,” the statement said.
“It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats, as different species may react differently to new infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate complete recovery. “
Bronx Zoo (photo) has been temporarily closed since March 16
The four affected tigers lived in the zoo’s Tiger Mountain exhibit. A male Amur tiger who also lives in the show has shown no signs of COVID-19, said WCS.
There is no evidence to suggest that animals can spread the virus to people, according to the USDA, which said there were no known cases in pets or livestock in the United States.
The Bronx Zoo has been temporarily closed since March 16.
New York City was hit harder by COVID-19 than any other part of the country, with more than 67,500 cases and 2,624 deaths Sunday evening.