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Coronavirus Pandemic | Tiger Tests Positive For COVID-19 At New York's Bronx Zoo

The Animals Are Believed To Have Been Infected By A Zookeeper. The Zoo Has Been Closed Since Mid-March.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Victor Dasgupta | Updated on: 06 Apr 2020, 02:27:59 PM
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New Delhi:

The Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx Zoo has released a statement where it has said that a tiger in New York City has tested positive for coronavirus. The four-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia, as well as three other tigers and three African lions, "developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover", the BBC reported.

The animals are believed to have been infected by a zookeeper. The zoo has been closed since mid-March.

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"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 zoo said in a statement.

"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."

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First Published : 06 Apr 2020, 07:03:29 AM