Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus

COVID 19 tiger
Photo credit Wildlife Conservation Society
By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus and other cats there have developed a dry cough, officials said Sunday.

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The 4-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive, the Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement.

“She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover,” the statement said.

The positive test was confirmed by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa.

“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 Wildlife Conservation Society said.

The cats have experienced a decrease in appetite but are “otherwise doing well under veterinary care.” They are “bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers.”

The Wildlife Conservation Society said it’s unknown how the disease might develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections.

The Bronx Zoo and other zoos across the city were closed back on March 16.

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