Not just human beings, coronavirus has started impacting other creatures as well. Recently a lion in Chennai‘s Aringnar Anna Zoological Park near Vandalur died due to COVID-19.
The zoo has 15 lions out of which eight have already tested positive for the deadly virus. The infected animals showed symptoms like nasal discharge, fever and some even showed loss of appetite and occasional coughing. But this is not the first time that an animal has been infected with the coronavirus.
• Tigress dies at Ranchi zoo
A 10-year-old tigress died in the Ranchi zoo on Thursday. Although the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) has tested the animal negative, an RT-PCR test was also conducted and samples have been sent to assess if it was infected with the coronavirus.
• Case of lions in Hyderabad Zoo
Eight Asiatic animals had tested positive for the virus in May. This was the first case where zoo animals had tested positive in the country. Although the animals are recovering well, the situation has made other animal organizations more attentive. The animals had shown symptoms like fever.
• The case of wild minks
While talking about the animals who have tested positive for the haunting virus how can one miss the first case that occurred in the world of animals? The first case was found in a wild mink from Utah. After that, the outburst of the destructive virus started happening in many parts of the USA and Europe.
• Domestic animals at risk
Many domestic dogs and cats have also tested positive for the life-threatening virus all over the world. As a result, many have left their pets abandoned.
• Situation is also a cause
While some are getting killed due to the deadly virus the others are getting killed owing to unforeseen circumstances. About 20 horses have died because of starvation in Bangladesh because the pandemic has hit the tourism industry in the country disastrously.