A tiger from the Bronx zoo has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, blowing everything we think we know about the virus out of the water.
The zoo announced the news via a press release and said that the tiger is a 4-year-old female Malayan who tested positive after developing a dry cough.
They revealed that three other tigers were affected by the virus.
"Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers. It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries," the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo said in the statement.
"The four affected tigers live in the zoo's Tiger Mountain exhibit. One male Amur tiger that also lives at Tiger Mountain has not exhibited any clinical signs, and a Malayan tiger and two Amur tigers at the zoo's Wild Asia exhibit have also not exhibited any clinical signs."