Lioness dies of corona in Tamil Nadu: 9 out of 11 lions in Chennai zoo also infected, swab and stool samples were tested in Bhopal

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Neela was sympathetic and only a day before she showed some discharge from her nose.

After humans, animals have also started dying due to corona virus. A 9-year-old lioness Neela died on June 3 at around 6.15 pm due to infection at Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur, adjoining Chennai. Neela was sympathetic and only a day before she had some discharge from her nose.

Not only this, the report of 9 out of 11 lions has also come positive. Their feces and swabs were examined in Bhopal. However, their samples have been sent to the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Bareilly) and Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (Hyderabad) on Friday to confirm their report further. At present, all the lions have been kept under medical observation.

According to the report, corona infection in lions and tigers was first found in Barcelona (Spain) and Bronx zoos in America.

Corona infection in lions and tigers was first found in Barcelona (Spain) and Bronx zoos in America.

Corona infection in lions and tigers was first found in Barcelona (Spain) and Bronx zoos in America.

Symptoms of loss of appetite and cough
In a statement issued by the zoo, it has been said that the symptoms of infection were seen on 26 May. Five lions housed in Animal House 1 of the Safari Park area were diagnosed with symptoms of anorexia (loss of appetite) and occasional coughing. Blood samples of lions have been sent to Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University (TANUVAS).

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At the same time, samples of nasal swab, rectal swab and feces of 11 lions have been sent to National Institute of High Security Diseases, Bhopal. Which is one of the 4 designated institutions authorized to test for corona virus. The Park Authority said that all the staff have been vaccinated here.

5 lions were diagnosed with symptoms of anorexia (loss of appetite) and occasional coughing.

5 lions were diagnosed with symptoms of anorexia (loss of appetite) and occasional coughing.

Country’s first case found in Hyderabad zoo
The first case of corona infection in lions was found in Hyderabad, where the report of 8 lions came positive. This was the first case in the country in which corona virus infection was found in animals. A few days later, a lion was found infected in the zoo of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh. Symptoms were also found in another lion.

According to Dr K P Singh, Joint Director, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, samples of 14 Asiatic lions were sent for RT-PCR at Etawah Safari Park. On May 6, the report of one lion was found positive, while the other was considered suspicious. The report of the remaining 12 lions was found negative.

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