As many as 4 lions have tested positive for COVID-19 at a zoo in Spain.
All the 4 lions have reportedly tested positive for the deadly COVID-19 at a Barcelona zoo.
This happens to be the second known case in which big cats have contracted the virus.
Notably, two of the zoo staff has also tested positive for coronavirus.
Three female lions – Zala, Nima and Run Run and one male lion – Kiumbe have tested COVID-19 positive after keepers noticed symptoms in them.
Notably, the four-year-old male and the females, who are all 16 years old, have had no contact with other animals at the zoo.
Earlier at the Bronx Zoo in New York, four tigers and three lions tested positive for COVID-19 in April.
“The Zoo has contacted and collaborated with international experts such as the Veterinary Service of the Bronx Zoo, the only one that has documented cases of Sars-CoV-2 infection in felines,” the Barcelona zoo said in a statement.
“The lions have been given veterinary care for their mild clinical condition – similar to a very mild flu condition – through anti-inflammatory treatment and close monitoring, and the animals responded well,” said the Barcelona zoo.