Tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Nadia, the 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, is expected to recover. PHOTO: REUTERS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
A coronavirus testing site is set up in the Bronx Zoo in New York. PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the first known case of Covid-19 in an animal in the United States or a tiger globally, a zoo spokesman said on Sunday (April 5).

Nadia, the 4-year-old female Malayan tiger that tested positive, had developed a dry cough but is expected to recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, said in a statement.

"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," WCS said in the statement.

The positive test marked the first coronavirus case for a tiger anywhere and the first of an animal in the United States, spokesman Stephen Sautner said.

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