A Tiger in the Bronx Zoo Tested Positive for COVID-19
by Nora McGreevy/Smithsonianmag.com
A four-year-old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for coronavirus—the first-known animal in the United States to test positive for the virus.
Zoo officials tested the tiger, named Nadia, out of an abundance of caution after she started showing symptoms on March 27. She appeared to have a dry cough and a mild loss of appetite, but she is expected to make a full recovery. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which runs the Bronx Zoo, announced Sunday that Nadia’s sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions had also developed similar symptoms.
“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,” notes the WCS in a statement.
In a statement posted to the Bronx Zoo’s Twitter, chief veterinarian Paul Calle explained that animals require different testing methods than humans and that Nadia’s test was processed in a veterinary laboratory, and therefore did not take resources away from human patients. Testing big cats requires general anesthesia, which poses certain health risks to the animals. …Read More: