8 Bronx Zoo Big Cats Test Positive for COVID-19

   04.23.20

The Bronx Zoo is reporting that eight big cats at their facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

The zoo, which has been closed since March 16, first discovered that a four-year old female Malayan tiger tested positive for the virus on April 5. Meanwhile, three other tigers and three African lions were also showing similar symptoms. So while zoo officials tested the four-year old tiger under anesthesia, the other cats were tested by using a fecal sample test developed by the zoo’s laboratory partners.

“We tested the tigers and lions 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 Bronx Zoo said. “All eight cats continue to do well. They are behaving normally, eating well, and their coughing is greatly reduced.”

The Bronx Zoo also noted that the testing of these cats was conducted in veterinary laboratories and that resources used on them did not take away from those being used for human testing.

According to the zoo, the cats contracted the virus from “a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms.”

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