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COVID-19: 4-year-old female tiger test positive.

A four-year-old female Malayan tiger in a New York zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this is the first time a feline of such kind will be reported with the coronavirus disease.

The tigress, Nadia, at the Bronx Zoo, New York was tested when several lions and tigers in the zoo started showing symptoms of respiratory illness.

In a statement by the USDA, the large cats were believed to have contracted the disease from a zoo employee “who was actively shedding virus”.

“This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness,” the department stated.

The zoo as indicated in the USDA report has been closed to the public since mid-March, and the first tiger began showing signs of sickness on March 27.

“All of these large cats are expected to recover. There is no evidence that other animals in other areas of the zoo are showing symptoms.”

NobleReporters had earlier learnt that scientists comments affirmed: “pet cats and dogs cannot pass the new coronavirus on to humans but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owners”.

Also commenting on the case of Nadia, the USDA said; “At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.”

Nadia is the only large cat tested among all of the feline reported to have been showing symptoms of respiratory illness in the zoo.

Clarifying why only Nadia was tested, the US Department elucidated; “Only one tiger was tested as the collection of diagnostic samples in big cats requires general anesthesia.

“Since all tigers and lions were exhibiting similar respiratory symptoms, the attending veterinarian felt it was in the best interest of the animals to limit the potential risks of general anesthesia to one tiger for diagnostics.”


Shocker: Hyena escaped imo zoo

The General Manager of the Imo State Geological Garden, Francis Abioye, has alerted the public in the state of a dangerous hyena on the prowl which escaped from the zoo in the early hours of Monday.

According to Abioye, the big hyena escaped after digging a hole from the cage it was kept.

Three other smaller ones also escaped with the big hyena from the dug hole but they have been captured and locked in a safer cage, according to the General Manager.

Abioye has expressed his fears that the hyena may have found its way outside the premises of the zoo as a result of a broken fence pulled down by some indigenes of Nekede, where the zoo is located.

It would be recalled that the zoo manager had earlier raised the alarm on activities of some members of the host community of the zoo who pulled down part of the fence of the zoo over alleged encroachment.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relation Officer, Orlando Ikokwu said he is yet to be briefed on the incident. But, however, promised to act accordingly if confirmed.

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