Please note A Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID-19.
Bronx Zoo Comments
Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover.
This positive COVID-19 test for the tiger was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa.
We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus.
Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers. It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.
Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My
I don't know about bears but the entire cat family is at risk.
Please recall Cat Catches Coronavirus, Quarantined for Two Weeks.
Given that receptors appear to be the same, if humans can infect cats, then it's logical to presume cats can infect humans.
Most can easily follow this recommendation: Keep your distance from tigers.
"Stay 6 feet from your pets" will be a bit more difficult.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock