Apart from the said tiger, six other tigers and lions in the Bronx Zoo have also fallen ill and are believed to have been infected by a zoo worker who hasn’t yet shown any symptoms of having contracted COVID-19 himself.
The animals had developed dry coughs, while some of them had also exhibited wheezing and loss of appetite. Following the observation of the symptoms, the zoo authorities decided to conduct tests to be thorough.
As per the details made public by the federal officials and the Bronx Zoo, the first animal had begun to show symptoms of COVID-19 on 27 March. However, all the animals which had fallen ill are said to be recovering well and are expected to be well again soon.
Meanwhile, all the seven animals which had reported illness have been placed in different parts of the zoo and the authorities have also established preventive measures for the staff which takes care of the ailing animals.
The incidence raises concerns over the transmission of virus to animals.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reportedly said that there are no known cases of the virus in US pets or livestock.
"There doesn't appear to be, at this time, any evidence that suggests that the animals can spread the virus to people or that they can be a source of the infection in the United States," Dr. Jane Rooney, a USDA official was reported as saying.