This past weekend, a Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo named Nadia became the first animal on US soil to test positive for COVID-19. The tiger was tested after developing a dry cough and should be fine in a few days, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Samples were conducted on Nadia from the Bronx Zoo after 5 other lions and tigers began having respiratory difficulties as well. The animals have since had a small decrease in appetite, but besides that are bright and alert like always.
“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 test that was given to Nadia is a specific test intended for big cats and was performed in a vet school laboratory nearby. Reportedly, the tiger became ill because of a zoo employee who was unknowingly carrying the virus – proving that animals can in fact contract the virus from humans. However, there is no data at this time to suggest that humans can contract the virus from animals or pets.
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