The Nehru Zoological Park’s authorities in the southern state of Hyderabad shared the lions’ samples with a government research laboratory on March 24 when they showed signs of respiratory problems.
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The eight Asiatic lions are found to have contracted the coronavirus in the midst of the huge surge of COVID-19 infections in the country. Fortunately, there is no evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans.
"Based on experience with zoo animals elsewhere in the world that have experienced SARS-COV2 positive last year, there is no factual evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans any further," said the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Through the zoo’s official Twitter account, it said that the lions are currently isolated and are being taken care of by the zoo’s animal keepers. It is reported that the lions are responding well to the treatment and are on their road to recovery. They are now active and taking regular diets, while being supervised by the veterinary team of the zoo.
Currently, the zoo is closed until further notice.
Wishing the lions a speedy recovery and hope to hear them roar soon!
Credits to Asia One for the initial coverage.