The predator was examined and tested for COVID-19, the diagnosis was confirmed. Tiger Nadia is a four-year-old Malay predator. Not only her but also a few animals found malaise. Two Amur tigers and three African lions also passed testing. Zoo employees began to worry about them after these animals had a dry cough. The tigress felt worse than the rest of the animals, and she was tested for coronavirus, which showed a positive result.
Veterinarians believe that the predator could get sick by becoming infected by a caretaker who looked after the animals at the zoo and then went to the hospital. Representatives of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the city’s zoos, have officially announced that they expect the tigress to recover.
They also said that treating a tigress would give new knowledge about the transmission of the virus not only to humans, but also to animals. In general, predators feel good, they have only a slight decrease in appetite, but they receive veterinary care. While there is no information about how the disease will develop in the body of large wild cats.
Perhaps different types of infection will respond differently. Zoo caretakers constantly monitor the animals, waiting for their complete recovery. On March 16, in New York, it was decided to close all zoos.
Experts working with animals believe that so far there is no evidence that animals play a role in transmitting COVID-19 to humans. Science has only one fact when the initial infection occurred in Wuhan. But there is no longer any evidence that any other animal, including domestic dogs or cats, infected humans with coronavirus.