Seven more big cats have tested positive to the novel coronavirus at the Bronx Zoo

- New York, USA -

After announcing on April 5, that a 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia had tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Bronx Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society has announced on Wednesday, April 22, that seven more felines have coronavirus.

You may remember that Nadia was the first tiger who tested positive and her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough.

They were tested, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo, says that those results now show they are also infected.

In addition, one more tiger, who showed no symptoms, also tested positive.

The zoo, which has been closed since March 16, said the cats were infected by a staff member who was positive but at the time showed no symptoms.

The Wildlife Conservation Society said: “The testing of these cats was done in veterinary laboratories and resources used did not take from those being used for human testing.”

According to the zoo, the animals are now behaving normally, eating well and are not coughing as much.


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