A tiger at New York City’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus that is believed to be the first confirmed case of an animal infected with the deadly virus by a human.
Test results for the 4-year-old Malayan tiger Nadia were checked by Iowa’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, the zoo said.
“This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick,” Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo said.
Upon developing dry cough the tiger was screened for coronavirus. Nadia’s sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions have developed dry cough and all are expected to recover, international media said, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.