Two lions at Croatia zoo test positive for coronavirus

Two lions lying on a rock looking into the camera
Lions at zoo, Photo by Jeremy Avery on Unsplash

Two lions at Zagreb Zoo in Croatia tested positive for COVID-19, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday.

The lions were tested after they showed symptoms of the disease, OIE said. It’s not exactly known how the animals got infected.

A few days ago, lions and gorillas at Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands tested positive for coronavirus. The animals had less appetite, a cough and the gorillas also had stomach and intestinal problems, the zoo said.

The zoo suspected the animals got the disease from an asymptomatic employee. The animals are being treated, and the zoo expects them to fully recover.

In September, western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta in the United States tested positive for COVID-19. In August, Sumatran tigers Tino and Hari recovered from the disease.

In the past, zoo animals have recovered from COVID-19, but in June, nine-year-old Asiatic lion Neela died from coronavirus in the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in India.

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