(CMR) A Bronx Zoo tiger tested positive for the latest coronavirus, COVID-19, according to Zoo officials on Sunday. The tiger's positive test is the first known infection in an animal.
Reports are that the tiger was tested among seven other animals who had recently fallen ill. The four-year-old Malayan tiger fell ill on March 27, a little over a week ago after the zoo was closed to the public, following the rise in coronavirus cases in New York.
“These are extremely hard days for all of us – no matter where we live and work. We will ensure that whatever we can learn from these circumstances will be used to better understand and combat this disease,” zoo director Jim Breheny said in a statement.
The tiger, who is affectionately called Nadia, is believed to have contracted the virus from a zoo employee who also tested positive for the virus.