Lion, tiger and covid? Good grief. Several lions and tigers at the Smithsonian National Institute of Zoology and Conservation Biology in Washington have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
Cats are monitored closely for secondary infections and treated with anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and antibiotics, the Smithsonian reported on Friday.
Veterinarians have found that some big cats have lost their appetite, appear lethargic, and are coughing and sneezing. Stool samples from six African lions, a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers tested positive for the coronavirus. More results are expected in the next day or two.
The zoo said it was unclear how the animals were infected. All employees wear masks as standard indoors and in public places.
Gorillas at the Atlanta Zoo and the San Diego Zoo have previously tested positive for the coronavirus. In Atlanta, 18 of the zoo’s 20 gorillas tested positive in the recent outbreak, while US gorillas were first found infected in San Diego in January.