A zoo in New York has confirmed that one of its tigers has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The Bronx Zoo in New York said that a four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive after it started showing signs related to those of the deadly covid-19 including dry coughs.
The tiger is believed to have contracted covid-19 from a caretaker at the zoo who had tested positive but was asymptomatic at the time.
“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,” said the Wildlife Conservation Society in a statement.
The Zoo attendance said Nadia, along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions had shown the covid-19 signs but the cats are expected to fully recover soon.
“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,” read the statement.
“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.”
New York is among the most hit states in the US where it had reported 4000 deaths. The zoo attendants, however, said measures are already in place to ensure the virus is contained.
Four zoos in The New York including an aquarium have been closed since March 16, 2020, to prevent the spread of the covid-19 even though no evidence has shown that the disease can be contracted from an animal.
Wildlife Conservation Society said that measures have to be put in place to avoid risking the lives of people and animals in this case, even though they don’t spread the virus.
“…no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19 to people other than the initial event in the Wuhan market, and no evidence that any person has been infected with COVID-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats.”
Animals however are the ones at risk of contracting with the virus from the people they live with.
“It is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus,” said the US Department of Agriculture.