Sri Lanka needs India’s help to treat lion who tested positive for COVID-19

Lion at a zoo, photo: Mika Brandt on Unsplash
Lion at a zoo, photo: Mika Brandt on Unsplash

The National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka said on Friday it needed India’s help to treat the 11-year-old lion Thor who tested positive for COVID-19.

Thor had been experiencing breathing difficulties and refused food, so the zoo decided to test him for coronavirus. Thor is the first known animal in the country to be infected with the virus.

The zoo said it was consulting vets at the Central Zoo Authority of India to treat Thor. They said Thor was receiving oxygen treatment.

Four other lions at the zoo have been isolated and their keepers have been sent to quarantine.

Two weeks ago, the nine-year-old Asiatic lion Neela died from the coronavirus in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in India.

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