Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic is no longer only affecting humans.
A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, National Geographic’s Natasha Daly reports. The tiger is believed to be the first known animal in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus, and several other animals at the zoo have been showing symptoms.
BREAKING: A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for Covid-19. 6 other tigers and lions at the zoo are also showing symptoms. Believed to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo worker. All doing well. To my knowledge, this is the first animal to test positive in the U.S.
— Natasha Daly (@natashaldaly) April 5, 2020
New York has been hit harder by the coronavirus than any other region of the U.S. New York had more than 122,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday afternoon, which accounts for roughly one-third of the cases in the entire country.
There have been studies that suggest cats can contract COVID-19, and tigers and lions are obviously part of that family. Research is still limited, but Sunday’s development is a new type of concern related to the disease.