Sunday, April 5, 2020

Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at US zoo

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for COVID-19 after apparent exposure to an infected worker.

The four-year-old female Malayan tiger named Nadia was tested out of an abundance of caution after developing a dry cough and a decrease in appetite, the zoo's parent company, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said in a statement Sunday.

The positive results were confirmed by the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa. 

Six other cats at the zoo, including Nadia's sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions, were also suffering possible coronavirus symptoms, WCS said. All of the cats are expected to recover.

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