Eight Asiatic Lions Test Positive For COVID-19 In India

Hyderabad: As people across the country is battling against the COVID-19, eight Asiatic lions at the Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) in Hyderabad tested positive for coronavirus. The RT-PCR tests of the lions were conducted after they showed symptoms of COVID-19.

“It’s true that the lions showed Covid symptoms but I’m yet to receive the RT-PCR reports from the CCMB and hence it will not be proper to comment. The lions are doing well,” said Dr. Kukrety.

NZP officials decided to test the lions for coronavirus after veterinarians working in the park noticed coronavirus-like symptoms including loss of appetite, nasal discharge, and coughing among the lions. Four males and four females each tested positive out of the 12 lions.

Currently, NZP, one of the biggest zoos in Asia, is closed for visitors as a precautionary measure. More than two dozen staffers at the zoo were tested positive for the virus.

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