Lion and Lion and Code – Oh my!
The zoo announced Friday that nine large cats at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington have tested “positive” for COVID-19.
Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger and two Amur tigers are being treated for the virus by zoo staff after showing symptoms of the virus last week.
The zoo said the animals looked cheap and were not seen coughing, sneezing or eating.
A test on cats’ feet determined the results of a “hypothetical positive” test. Final results are expected in the coming days as treatment has begun.
All lions and tigers at the zoo are being treated with anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea drugs to reduce discomfort and loss of appetite. Said in a statement on Friday. “In addition, everyone is being treated with antibiotics for secondary bacterial pneumonia.”
In his recovery, he is under the strict supervision and care of the zoo staff.
Given the distance between animals and visitors, the public is not at risk of infection in lions.
No other animals at the zoo showed signs of infection, the zoo confirmed.
The zoo said it had investigated all of the staff who had interacted with the lions and tigers, but was unable to determine the source of the infection.
The zoo said its protocol is for all animal care and other necessary staff to wear masks indoors in all public and non-public areas of the zoo.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a special corona virus vaccine for zoo-sensitive animals. According to Smithsonian, the first round of the vaccine will be given to some animals at the Virginia Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute when it becomes available in the coming months.