Tiger at Bronx Zoo in NYC tests positive for novel coronavirus

  • A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for COVID-19
  • It was the first recorded case of infection to a non-domesticated animal since the rise of this new global health pandemic
  • Bronx Zoo has been placed on a temporary closure since March 16 that’s why the management believed that the animal may have gotten the virus from a zoo employee

A tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the new cor0navirus.

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It was the first recorded case of infection in an animal in the United States and also the first known infection in a non-domesticated animal since the rise of this new global health pandemic also known as C0VID-19.

“It’s the first time, to our knowledge, that a [wild] animal has gotten sick from C0VID-19 from a person,” said Bronx Zoo Chief Veterinarian Paul Calle, in a report from National Geographic.

Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger who tested positive for the virus that causes C0VID-19, believed to have contracted it from an alleged infected, and yet asymptomatic zookeeper.

“It’s the only thing that makes sense,” Calle said.

Bronx Zoo has been placed on a temporary closure since March 16 to keep away visitors during the rise of the outbreak in New York City.

Prior to this, several domesticated animals had previously tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

The zoo management admitted that this case is new to them and there are questions hanging around like whether tigers and lions are more vulnerable to cor0navirus.

They have confirmed that no other big cats in the zoo such as snow leopards, cheetahs, a clouded leopard, and an Amur leopard are showing any symptoms to date.

Meanwhile, experts said the outbreak around world are caused by human-to-human transmission.

“There doesn’t appear to be, at this time, any evidence that suggests that the animals can spread the virus to people or that they can be a source of the infection in the United States,” said USDA official and veterinarian Dr. Jane Rooney, in an interview.