A Bronx Zoo Tiger Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Mish

An asymptomatically infected zoo worker who now tests positive spread the disease to a tiger.

Please note A Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID-19.

Bronx Zoo Comments

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.

This positive COVID-19 test for the tiger was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa.

We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus.

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 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.

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My

I don't know about bears but the entire cat family is at risk.

Please recall Cat Catches Coronavirus, Quarantined for Two Weeks.

Given that receptors appear to be the same, if humans can infect cats, then it's logical to presume cats can infect humans.

Most can easily follow this recommendation: Keep your distance from tigers.

"Stay 6 feet from your pets" will be a bit more difficult.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (32)
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PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

This doesnt bode well at all. Do pigs get infected? Chickens? Because if either does and it mutates we are in serious trouble, this thing will never go away.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

Cats and tigers don't travel on oversees vacations, and would probably reject the pigeon hole accommodation on cruise liners no matter the deal, so they are rather safe.

JG1170
JG1170

Why are test kits being wasted on animals again?

truthseeker
truthseeker

Mish please check out Tyndale “The Living Bible” Romans 8:19-22 for truthful information with regard to your subject today.....

MSCowboy
MSCowboy

Cattle?

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

I am reading that a potential viability here is to take blood from infected people with little or no symptoms and transfer that to non-infected to build immunity. Seems massive blood drives would be needed and this reminds me of a movie plot around vampires.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Animals and humans were not meant to be in the same proximate area. COVID-19 is thought to have come from bats or pangolins which were sold in the Wuhan market but actually came from remote parts of China.. humans have about 1/1000 of the number of viruses as wild animals. We brought them into places where they shouldn't have been and the viruses found a new host.

PhilAtelist
PhilAtelist

I hope the zoo-keeper has been put down!

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

Stay away from Tigers sounds do-able... I just they stay away from me.

Mike_Hu
Mike_Hu

Oh noes! Apocolypse Meow!

abend237-04
abend237-04

Kept telling her not to eat the crackheads falling in the pit; Can't tell a cat anything...


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