Asiatic lions test positive in COVID-19, first in India.
Eight Asiatic Lions of Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological park have been tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 virus in India. It was informed to the Zoo officials by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology over the phone that the big cat’s RT-PCR tests have been found to have a positive report, and CCMB samples taken from the animals will take awesome more time for the reports. But the director and the curator of the Zoo, Dr. Siddhanand Kukrety and VVL Subhadra Devi, are continuously not accepting the calls and have denied the news.
According to the sources, the 380 acres of the Zoo have about 1,500 inmates housing in it, the samples have been collected, and the test reports will be submitted to Ms. Subhadra Devi.
The officer of the Zoo, though, confirmed the news and said that “Yes, the lions were tested after displaying mild symptoms. As of now they are active and are doing well,” adding to it, he said the four male and four big female cats had been housed in the 40-acre Safari area.
He also said that the caretakers on 24 April noticed symptoms in the big cats like dry cough, nasal discharge, and loss of appetite. After which, their samples were collected and sent for testing.
At present, the biggest Zoo in the country is closed for visitors due to the positive reports for COVID-19 that have been found for more than a dozen staff members at the Zoo.
Source:- The Hindu
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