New York City’s Bronx Zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus

The other tigers living in the zoo's Tiger Mountain exhibit and the feline animals residing in other sections of the zoo haven't shown any signs of symptoms.
Nadia Tiger
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Administrators at New York City’s Bronx Zoo said one of its tigers tested positive for the coronavirus.

Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was infected by a zoo employee who was caring for her and other tigers. She was “asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms,” according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo.

The tiger’s sister, Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions all developed a dry cough but were expected to recover, according to administrators.

“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 WCS said in a statement.

The other tigers living in the zoo’s Tiger Mountain exhibit and the feline animals residing in other sections of the zoo haven’t shown any signs of symptoms, administrators said.

“Appropriate preventive measures are now in place for all staff who are caring for them, and the other cats in our four WCS zoos, to prevent further exposure of any other of our zoo cats,” the WCS said.

 

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