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In a first, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia at Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for Coronavirus on Sunday. Nadia is believed to be the first animal in the world to be infected with COVID-19.
Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs NYC’s zoos said, “Along with the tigress, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions, all developed dry coughs and showed loss of appetite.” Nadia, is believed to have contracted virus from her caretaker, who showed no symptoms of coronavirus at that time he was taking care of her.
A statement released by the zoo read: “We tested Nadia out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus. 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.”