FORT WAYNE, Ind. — More than 2,800 Hoosiers have tested positive for COVID-19, said the Indiana Department of Health on Saturday, and you can now add two tigers to that count.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo staff veterinarian said two Sumatran tigers tested positive for COVID-19.
The zoo said, on Feb. 1 staff noticed one of the tigers showing symptoms that were consistent with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Bugara, the male tiger, has a dry cough, and Indah, the female tiger, hasn’t shown any symptoms, said Dr. Kami Fox.
The zoo hasn’t said how the tigers became infected, but the zoo has taken extra precautions like restricted access to the tiger holding area, and extra PPE when handling the animals.
No other animals at the zoo have been tested.