In what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or the first tiger anywhere in the World, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger at a Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Tiger called “Nadia” is reported to have started showing symptoms of the virus since late last month. The syptom includes dry cough and it’s believed Nadia contracted the virus after getting into contact with a staff who probably has the virus but is not showing any symptoms of it.
The staff is yet to be identified anyway.
“This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick,” Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo, told Reuters news agency on Sunday.
According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, six other large cats and three African lions are also showing Coronavirus symptoms, but they are all expected to recover.
“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’s release said.