8 Dec, 2020 @ 15:02
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Lions catch COVID-19 at Barcelona Zoo in Spain but respond well to treatment

Lions Catch Covid 19 At Barcelona Zoo In Spain But Respond Well To Treatment

FOUR lions at Barcelona Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19 and are recovering well.

It’s only the second-recorded case of coronavirus amongst large felines following an outbreak at New York’s Bronx Zoo in April.

Barcelona keepers noticed some slight COVID-19 symptoms among three female lions called Nima, Run and Zala, as well as a male lion named Kiumbe.

They were confirmed last month to have contracted the coronavirus, along with two zoo workers.

There is no indication as to what caused the outbreak among the lions, who have responded well to anti-inflammatory treatment.

The lions are all aged 16 and have had no contact with other animals at the Barcelona facility.

Barcelona Zoo said in a statement: “The Zoo has worked 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.”

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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