CORONAVIRUS: Bronx Zoo Says a Tiger Tested Positive

CORONAVIRUS: Bronx Zoo Says a Tiger Tested Positive

It turns out that animals aren’t immune to COVID-19.

According to a statement Sunday by the Wildlife Conservation Society, a 4-year-old Malayan tiger with a dry cough has tested positive for coronavirus.

The statement reads, “Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover.”

Animals can be infected with COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but scientists don’t think they can spread the virus to humans. (New York Post)

Hot Takes:

  • Great, one more thing to worry about – your pet can get it, too.
  • While the CDC says it doesn’t think animals can be a source for coronavirus, they do advise you “practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.”
  • The Bronx Zoo, like most around the country, has been closed since March 16th.
  • Who volunteered to give that tiger the deep nasal swab test?
  • I virus expert joked in a tweet (quote) “I guess we need to stay at least 6-feet away from tigers, too.”