Nadia, a 4 year old Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has been tested positive for the coronavirus. Nadia becomes the first of her kind to be tested positive, for coming in contact with a human who was infected with the virus.
The 4 year old Nadia, was having symptoms like dry cough and other respiratory problems and is effected to recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo said in a press release.
The zoo authority came to know about Nadia, when along with nadia, five other tigers and lions started showing symptoms of coronavirus and when later Nadia was tested, she was found to be positive according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
“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 zoo authority said.
“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.”
It is being assumed that the animals have been infected by an employee who takes care of them. The employee was “asymptomatically infected by the virus” according to the zoo. The Bronx is closed since 16th March.
United States Department of Agriculture has advised, anyone who is infected with the virus to avoid contact with animals, pets to minimise the spread of the virus.
It is not known how the virus will react on animals, as the virus reacts differently on different species. However the tiger is doing well, there is a bit loss of appetite but it’s assumed the tiger will recover within weeks or two.