Lioness dies of Covid at Indian Zoo

A lioness, held at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in India, has died of Covid. According to multiple sources, the nine-year-old lioness, named Neela, died on June 3 after testing positive for Covid-19. Though Neela had some nasal discharge, she remained “mostly asymptomatic.”

Other big cats at the zoo have tested positive for the virus, and they are being treated with antibiotics, reports The Sun. The zoo released a statement about the positive cases:

“As per the laboratory test results furnished by the Institute, samples in respect of nine lions of the 11 sent have tested positive for SARS COV-2”.

According to the Sun publication, the covid-19 test is being retested to rule out a false positive, and possible death from comorbidities.

(Image of a lioness via Pixabay free images/Not Neela)


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