Lions survive Covid-19 at Barcelona Zoo

Lions survive Covid-19 at Barcelona Zoo

Lions survive Covid-19 at Barcelona Zoo

In the Barcelona Zoo, four lions survived coronavirus infection without major complications.
Image: dpa

They were probably infected by carers: Four lions in the Barcelona Zoo survived an infection with the coronavirus without major complications. It is the second known case in which big cats have become infected.

Dhe zoo director himself announced the good news. For the four lions in Barcelona, ​​the corona infection was only like “a cold”, which they survived well. In November, the 16-year-old lionesses Zala, Nima, Run Run and the four-year-old lion Kiumbe tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. According to “El Periódico” they were probably infected by two asymptomatic nurses who later tested positive. As a precaution, all personnel who had contact with the lions were examined. However, there were no positive results. Nevertheless, the employees initially only approached the animals with FFP3 masks and protective clothing.

There was no danger for the zoo visitors themselves, the animals in the enclosure were far too far away. The predators put up with taking the samples without having to be anesthetized. A simple treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs was enough. All that remained was a slight cough and occasional sneezing. The zoo immediately contacted the Bronx Zoo in New York. The virus was detected there for the first time in the four-year-old tiger cat Nadia in April. Covid-19 was later found in three lions and the other tigers in the zoo. As in Barcelona, ​​they survived the infection without major complications.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *