SARS-Cov-2 has now claimed the life of a lioness and nine more lions have been found infected with corona in Arignar Anna Zoological Park known as Vandalur Zoo.
Vandalur Zoo said in a statement that the lioness, Nella, died on Thursday at around 6.15pm. According to the zoo, Nella had been experiencing nasal discharge since Wednesday and was treated immediately.
On May 26, five lions at Animal House-1 in the Safari Park area reported loss of appetite and occasional coughing.
The in-house veterinary team soon took action and sent blood samples, nasal/rectal swabs and stool samples to Tamil Nadu University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (TANUVAS) and National Institute of High Security Diseases for testing.
According to the results of laboratory tests provided by the institute, samples from nine of the 11 lions that were sent were found positive for SARS CoV-2.
According to the zoo, all lions that have tested positive for the disease are closely monitored by the in-house veterinary team in close coordination with Tanuvas’ expert team and are on a specific treatment regimen.
All ranchers and helpers in these animal houses are vaccinated against COVID-19. A separate group of shepherds is used for each group of lions.