A New York City Bronx Zoo Tiger has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, six other big cats also have symptoms consistent with the viral infection.
The zoo has been closed to visitors since March 16. Therefore, the presumption is that the Malayan tiger, named Nadia, likely contracted the coronavirus from an infected asymptomatic zookeeper. “It’s the only thing that makes sense,” said Bronx Zoo chief veterinarian Paul Calle.
Calle said “It’s the first time, to our knowledge, that a [wild] animal has gotten sick from COVID-19 from a person.”