Lion passes away of Covid and 2 other animals seriously ill at Indian zoo

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    Lions at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, where a nine-year-old lioness has died after testing positive for SARS-CoV2, Chennai, India, May 2021. (Newsflash)

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    Two other Asiatic lionesses at the zoo remain in a crucial condition (File image: Newsflash)

    A 9 year-old lion has actually passed away from Covid after a break out of the infection swept through an Indian zoo.

    Two other Asiatic lionesses, aged 23 and 19, are likewise in a crucial condition at the zoo after 9 animals evaluated favorable and were put in seclusion.

    Neela the lion passed away on Thursday, apparently ending up being the very first animal to pass away from Covid in India, where countless individuals have actually passed away in a disastrous wave.

    Staff at Vandalur Zoo near Chennai stated they ended up being worried after seeing the lions were not consuming, and heard them coughing – a common sign of coronavirus.

    Neela had nasal discharge and was provided prescription antibiotics, however she passed away simply one day after very first showing signs.  

    The other lions are being dealt with by the zoo’s veterinary group, together with specialists at the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

    Lions at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, where a nine-year-old lioness has died after testing positive for SARS-CoV2, Chennai, India, May 2021. (Newsflash)

    Lions at the Indian zoo where a nine-year-old lioness has actually passed away after evaluating favorable for the infection (File image: Newsflash)

    Swabs and blood tests have actually been drawn from tigers and other big mammals at the zoo and sent out for screening, the zoo stated.

    Officials stated the zoo’s only pregnant lioness would not be evaluated as sedating her might damage her resistance.

    This newest break out comes simply a month after 8 Asiatic lions evaluated favorable for Covid at Nehru Zoological Park in the city of Hyderabad.

    Two white tiger cubs are believed to have actually passed away from Covid in neighbouring Pakistan, while lions have actually likewise been evaluated favorable for the infection in Spain.

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