Four lions at a Singapore wildlife park have tested positive for the coronavirus after coming into contact with infected zookeepers, and have symptoms including coughing and sneezing, officials said Wednesday.
The endangered Asiatic lions started displaying signs of illness at the weekend, prompting officials to order coronavirus tests.
The infected big cats along with five others at the Night Safari park have been placed in isolation in their den, the government’s animal and veterinary service said.
“All the lions remain bright, alert, and active,” said Sonja Luz, from Mandai Wildlife Group, which operates the park.
“We expect that the lions will make a full recovery with minor supportive treatment.”
Three zookeepers from the Night Safari are confirmed to have been infected. The park is an open-air zoo home to hundreds of animals, which welcomes visitors at night.
An African lion at Singapore Zoo — which is adjacent to the Night Safari — has also fallen sick, and officials have ordered virus tests.
Luz added the risk of animals passing the virus to humans is low.
Both Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari remain open, although the lion exhibits have been temporarily closed.
Animals have become infected with the virus on previous occasions. Lions, tigers and gorillas have tested positive at US zoos, while domestic cats and dogs have also been hit.
Singapore is currently facing its worst Covid-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic, reporting 2,000-3,000 cases a day and a handful of deaths.
Today is Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Nigeria, an annual event commemorated to celebrate the nation’s servicemen and…
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday led a wreath-laying event to commemorate the 2022 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. During the…
Gunmen have attacked a police station in Mgbidi, the headquarters of Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State.…
Brazil began vaccinating children aged five to 11 against Covid-19 on Friday after the move was approved, despite objections…
Australia returned Novak Djokovic to detention on Saturday, saying the tennis star's opposition to vaccination could cause "civil unrest"…