2 pet cats, 4 more tigers and 3 lions (at Bronx Zoo) test positive for coronavirus

Two pet cats in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus, a discovery that comes after seven tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo were found to have contracted the disease.

As regards the case of the pet cats, the US Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday in a joint statement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that “These are the first pets in the United States to test positive. There is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare”.

The two cats were tested after they showed respiratory symptoms, according to the agencies, and they join the ranks of lions and tigers in New York who were infected with the virus.

While in Bronx Zoo, four Tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York City have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, the zoo announced Wednesday afternoon, according to a National Geographic inquiry.

This comes nearly three weeks after one tiger at the zoo was confirmed to have the virus and six other cats were said to be exhibiting symptoms.