Tiger at Bronx Zoo has COVID-19

COVID-19 is sweeping the world in a crazy fashion, many believed it to be a disease that only affects humans until they found out this most recent discovery. At the Bronx Zoo in New York City, they found that their 4 year old Malayan Tiger named Nadia tested positive for the coronavirus.

The tiger was showing signs of being sick because of a dry cough and was having a loss of appetite. The doctors took samples of Nadia’s blood and saliva to test for what was going on. They took her samples to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. The tests came back for Nadia, and she tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Jane Roody said in an interview, “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.”

The worker on-site that cares for the big cats tested positive as well for the coronavirus; the worker came into work at the zoo and was a carrier of the coronavirus but isn’t showing any symptoms of being sick and gave it to the Tiger Nadia while she was near her.

Several more big cats at the Bronx Zoo have been feeling ill as well having the same symptoms as Nadia. They will not test those cats because they must knock the cats out in order to get all the samples they need. The cats are all in isolation in their habitats and will stay there for as long as they need to in order to assure the safety of the other cats and animals at the zoo.

In this case Nadia was showing symptoms on March 27 and is doing very well and is expected to make a full recovery.  The zoo worker is also feeling a lot better and is expected to make a full recovery.