A lioness has died at a zoological park in India’s Tamil Nadu state after contracting COVID-19, whereas eight others within the satisfaction have examined optimistic.
Employees on the Arignar Anna Zoological Park close to Chennai seen indicators of lack of urge for food, nasal discharge and occasional coughing amongst a satisfaction of lions final week.
The zoo despatched samples of the animals for testing. 9 of the lions examined optimistic for coronavirus and certainly one of them, nine-year-old Neela, died on Thursday, a zoo official mentioned on Saturday.
The lioness appeared asymptomatic and had confirmed some nasal discharge the day earlier than she died. Samples have been despatched for additional testing at two analysis institutes.
All of the lions that examined optimistic had been being stored underneath shut remark and present process remedy supervised by an professional workforce from the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences College.
They included two aged animals – one 23 and the opposite 19 – who had been being monitored fastidiously.
The zoo had been meticulously following all COVID-19 pointers and it was not clear how the animals had been contaminated, the zoo official mentioned.
All animal keepers and helpers are vaccinated towards COVID-19. Employees distributing the animals’ feed are often examined and the feed is handled in an ultraviolet room.
Animal keepers, veterinary medical doctors and subject employees all the time wore private protecting gear when visiting the enclosures and safari areas.
The zoo has been closed to guests since April 20 because the variety of COVID-19 infections elevated in Tamil Nadu amid the second wave of the pandemic.