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Corona Virus First Animal, Tiger Nadia at Bronx Zoo – Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID 19

Corona Virus in Tiger Nadia

Corona Virus in Tiger Nadia

Tiger Nadia at a Bronx zoo has tested positive for coronavirus and several other big cats at the zoo are also showing symptoms. They appear alert and are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Tiger Nadia at Bronx Zoo Corona Virus

The four-year-old tiger that tested positive is at the Bronx Zoo managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, PIX 11 reported. She’s a female Malayan tiger named Nadia and is alert with mild symptoms, News 12 reported.

Her sister Malayan tiger named Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions are also showing symptoms. All the big cats seem to be doing well despite showing symptoms of the virus.

Corona Virus in Other Animal at Bronx Zoo

Her sister Malayan tiger named Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions are also showing symptoms. All the big cats seem to be doing well despite showing symptoms of the virus.

Can animals Get Coronavirus COVID 19

The tiger was tested after being cared for by an infected person and showing symptoms like a dry cough, PIX 11 reported.

Natasha Daly of National Geographic said on Twitter that there were a total of six lions and tigers showing symptoms. They are believed to have gotten the virus from a zoo worker who was asymptomatic but infected.

Daly added that she believes this is the first animal to test positive in the U.S. The positive test was confirmed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, she said.

Tiger’s Positive COVID-19 Test

The tiger’s positive COVID-19 test was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa, the zoo says.

“We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,” the zoo said in its news release. “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. 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 four affected tigers live in the zoo’s Tiger Mountain exhibit.

The zoo stressed that there is “no evidence that any person has been infected with COVID-19 in the U.S. by animals, including by pet dogs or cats.”

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