Lions test positive for Covid-19 in Barcelona Zoo in second case in large cats

Four lions at a zoo have tested positive for coronavirus.

The positive tests for the animals at Barcelona Zoo is only the second known case in which large felines have contracted the virus.

Three females called Zala, Nima and Run Run, and a male named Kiumbe, were tested after keepers noticed they were showing mild symptoms of the condition.

Two staff at the zoo have also tested positive, the authorities said, after an outbreak was first detected last month.

Officials are investigating how the lions became infected.

Zoo keepers carried out tests on the lions in the same way as humans are tested as the animals are accustomed to close contact with staff at the facility.

The Veterinary Service of Barcelona contacted colleagues at the Bronx Zoo in New York, where four tigers and three lions testes positive for Covid-19 in April.

It is the only other zoo where large cats are known to have contracted the virus that is sweeping across the world.

All the animals recovered.

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A statement from Barcelona Zoo said: "The zoo has contacted and collaborated with international experts such as the Veterinary Service of the Bronx Zoo, the only one that has documented cases of Sars-CoV-2 infection in felines.

"The lions were given veterinary care for their mild clinical condition – similar to a very mild flu condition – through anti-inflammatory treatment and close monitoring, and the animals responded well.”

The four-year-old male and the females, who are all 16 years old, have had no contact with other animals at the zoo, which is still open to visitors.

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