New York (USA) | Jagran News Desk: In a first, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has affected more than a million and claimed the lives of over 60,000 across the world.

A four-year-old tiger, named Nadia, have tested positive for the dreadful COVID-19 virus and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker "who was asymptomatic at the time", the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city's zoos said in a statement.

It further said that Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions have developed dry coughs but are expected to fully recover.

"We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus," the Wildlife Conservation Society said, as reported by AFP.

"Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers," the statement further read while adding that all the tigers showing symptoms were housed in the zoo's Tiger Mountain area.

"It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries," it added.

The Bronx Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16.

It has emphasised that there is "no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19 to people other than the initial event in the Wuhan market, and no evidence that any person has been infected with COVID-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats."

Meanwhile, the US Department of Agriculture has said that there had "not been reports of pets or other animals" in the United States falling ill with coronavirus prior to news of the tiger Nadia.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma