You know things with the COVID-19 pandemic are getting worse when you hear about animals getting infected. So far, we know that they can transmit disease, just like everyone else, but apart from that, our furry friends are in a safe zone. However, everything changed after an infected but still asymptomatic Bronx Zoo worker made contact with a tigress named Nadia.
Unfortunately, another tigress, two Amur tigers and three African lions from the Bronx Zoo appear to have coronavirus symptoms. However, so far only Nadia, the 4 year old tiger, has been tested because zoo officials don’t want to sedate all the sick animals.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) notes that this is the first known case of a tiger infected with the coronavirus in the world. Hopefully the virus doesn’t mutate to infect other animals.
Symptoms of the disease in Nadia began to appear on March 27. Although Nadia has some appetite-related problems and a dry cough, both common symptoms of COVID-19, Zoo staff said all big cats are fine. He could have been infected by one of the zoo employees, but we still don’t know who he really is. It was unlikely a visitor, because the zoo was closed due to quarantine at the time.
All infected animals are currently under the supervision of a veterinarian, and the doctor’s forecast is reliable, everything will get better.
USDA APHIS calls on all COVID-19 patients to limit contact with animals, including pets. At the same time, the department stressed that there is currently no evidence that any animal, including domesticated animals or livestock, can transmit COVID-19 to humans. But to be safe, don’t kiss your dog or cat for a while.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and flatten those curves!