Tigers In The News

The AP reports that a tiger at the Bronx zoo has tested positive for th COVID-19 virus:

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday.

The 4-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia — and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill — are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee who wasn’t yet showing symptoms, the zoo said. The first animal started showing symptoms March 27, and all are doing well and expected to recover, said the zoo, which has been closed to the public since March 16 amid the surging coronavirus outbreak in New York.

Which is good, because I wouldn’t want to be the person assigned to put a tube down a tiger’s throat.

Anyway, keep your wee tigers indoors, peeps. If tigers can get it, so can Muffin.

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8 Responses to Tigers In The News

  1. julesmomcat says:

    Our 2 strictly-indoor fuzzers won’t get it, unless I bring it to them. Which (hopefully!) won’t happen….

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  2. The Mrs sent me a linky in Messages yesterday “PEOPLE can’t get tested, but tigers…”

    I’m with George Takei on this: “This isn’t ‘our’ Pearl Harbor, this is our Chernobyl”

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  3. I had already heard that cats can get it. I’m not sure where. But it was at least a week ago.

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  4. Dennis Cole says:

    Before this virus struck, I was attempting to adopt a new kitteh, and a Veterinarian told me that cats do not “need” to be outside, unless they’re on a leash & harness. (Which he also disapproves.) You have no control over what they’re getting into, and what they could be eating, and they’re constantly exposed to the various “kitteh-killers, like Feline Leukemia, for which there’s no vaccine, or cure.

    Which is how I lost mine – I let her out whenever she wanted, and she just didn’t come home one day, and despite her having a chip, I’ve heard nary a word.

    Besides, as well – in a world of diminishing bird populations, it makes no sense to impose additional predators upon them.

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  5. Pyed says:

    It appears that as of now, veterinary researchers believe cats can catch covid-19 from humans, but they can’t pass it back to a human. Also, it is not presently know whether cats suffer from

    Tomorrow someone could prove this theory wrong, or a different strain could be encountered with different parameters. so, keep your fur babies house bound, like the rest of the family.

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/health/tiger-cat-coronavirus-wellness/index.html

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