Tue, 26 Oct 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: Tigers and lions at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, which were infected last week with COVID-19, are now recovering.

On Friday, the Zoo's chief veterinarian, Dr. Donald Neiffer, said all nine lions and tigers probably caught Covid from a zookeeper.

"Last Thursday, I believe we had a single animal who had little appetite, but it was not something that required us to jump right on it," he added, noting that within 48 hours, other cats began showing signs of lethargy, dry coughs and sneezing.

"This was when things began getting quite interesting here, and we started enacting other biosecurity measures," he added, as reported by Reuters.

The cats are now recovering, after receiving COVID-19 treatments.

"We are seeing an overall upward trend. Based on how they are behaving today, most of them are eating more and moving around more. There is less discharge and coughing. I hope there are some significant improvements seen in these guys by Monday next week," Neiffer added.

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