In a first in India, as many as eight (8) Asiatic lions have tested COVID-19 positive.
These 8 Asiatic lions have tested COVID-19 positive at the Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) in Hyderabad.
The lions tested COVID-19 positive on April 29.
The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) on April 29 informed the NZP that the RT-PCR test results of the eight lions had returned positive for COVID-19.
Samples of the eight lions were sent for tests after veterinarians at the NZP noticed COVID-like symptoms among the lions.
Of the eight Asiatic lions who tested COVID-19 positive, four are male and four are females.
Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the NZP authorities have closed the park for public for two days.
Interestingly, 25 staff of the NZP had tested positive for COVID-19 recently.
It is believed that the lions might have contracted the virus from the zoo-keepers or caretakers who had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier.
“Based on experience with zoo animals elsewhere in the world that have experienced SARS-COV2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) positive last year, there is no factual evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans any further,” the government said in a statement.