Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

  • Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday confirmed that a tiger in a ny zoo tested positive for the deadly new coronavirus, which has infected more than 300,000 and killed more than 8,500 people across the country.

A 4-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the COVID-19 bug after developing a dry cough, the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement Sunday.

"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", the zoo said.

The Malayan tiger marks the first U.S-based animal case of coronavirus and the first case in a tiger anywhere in the world.

There is no evidence to suggest that animals can pass the virus on to people. Since the animals must be put under general anesthesia to receive the test, the attending veterinarian decided not to test the other animals, according to the USDA.

All of the cats are expected to recover. Still, Rooney said a small number of animals in the USA have been tested through the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories, and all those tests came back negative except Nadia's.

BTW, the Bronx Zoo has been closed since March 16 - and, as you might know, NYC is considered the epicenter of coronavirus cases here in the States.

Several pets, including dogs and cats, have tested positive for the virus amid the pandemic.

USDA also notified the World Organization for Animal Health of the finding.

A Bronx Zoo tiger has tested positive for COVID-19.

Nadia, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions all developed a dry cough, the group said. He said the zoo conducted the coronavirus test to be thorough.

Nadia and the other cats experienced decreased appetite, but are otherwise "bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers" while under veterinary care, the release said. They said they are taking "appropriate preventive measures" for the staffers that care for the ailing animals, and there are no signs of illness in other big cats on the property.

A zoo employee is believe to have spread the virus to the big cats, according to the USDA.