African Lions Test Positive for COVID-19

Get well soon, lions!

Mommy Rhey | Nov. 18, 2021 | 314 reads
African Lions Test Positive for COVID-19
Credit: Kevin Pluck - Flickr

Recently, the Asianic lions of the Singapore Zoo tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2. Based on the report, the lions showed symptoms after exposure to an infected staff of the Mandai Wildlife Group. Tsk. They had symptoms like lethargy, sneezing, and coughing on November 6, and the Animals and Veterinary Service (AVS) tested the lions for the COVID19. The African and Asianic lions were separated and put in their dens. After conducting the test, and they found out that the Asianic lions were positive for the virus.

The Asianic Lions are now recovering and alert, but the Mandai Wildlife Group said that they would closely monitor the loins to help them fully recover. On the other hand, on November 8, staff noticed that the African Lion showed some symptoms of illness. Due to the positive results of the Asianic lions of the Covid-19 virus, a fecal sample from the lion was tested using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to determine its disease. Unfortunately, it also tested positive for the virus.

According to the media release of the AVS, they said, "We will continue to work with Mandai Wildlife Group to closely monitor the health of the lions, which includes sampling and testing of their fecal material for the COVID19."

The spreading of the Covid-19 into the animals in the wild, sanctuaries, and farms are increasing, which is worrisome.

Millions of minks were culled and buried in Denmark after scientists proved that the minks' mutated virus is transferable to humans.

Meanwhile, the first case of hyenas with the Covid19 was at Denver Zoo in the United States. Staff spotted them to have symptoms such as sneezing, nasal discharge, lethargy, and coughing. Aside from the hyenas, there are also eleven lions and two tigers that were positive for the virus, but thankfully, they were not in a critical stage.

The Ministry of Health said that there is still no evidence of the transmission from animals to humans in Singapore.

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