Big Cats at Smithsonian National Zoo Test Positive for COVID-19
Virus hits six African lions, a Sumatran tiger, and two Amur tigers.
I blame the felines for not wearing masks!
Six African lions, a Sumatran tiger, and two Amur tigers in the Smithsonian National Zoo tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 this week.
After animal keepers observed symptoms in the big cats — including decreased appetites, coughing, sneezing, and lethargy — fecal samples were collected and the tests returned positive.
“Final results are expected in the next few days,” the zoo stated in a press release. “All lions and tigers are being treated with anti-inflammatories and anti-nausea medication to address discomfort and decreased appetite.”
The zoo said given the distance between the cats and visitors that the public is not at risk of infection.
On a more serious note: This is proof that the coronavirus is spread readily to other species; therefore, it is extremely unlikely it will ever disappear no matter how many masks are worn.
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I would NOT want to be the lab tech sticking a swap up his nose.
But thank heaven it’s not the cuddly pandas.
(Are they even still alive?)