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Coronavirus: 2 Malayan tigers test positive in Zootampa

TAMPA, Fla. – Two Malay tigers at ZooTampa have tested positive for COVID-19, west-central Florida zoo officials said on Thursday.

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The tiger, aged between 16 and 7 years, is “exhibiting mild respiratory symptoms”, zoo officials said in a news release.

“At this point, we are unsure how vaccinated animals got the virus, but we have seen examples around the world where the virus has been transmitted from humans to big cats and primates, even in strict biologics. Even with safety protocols,” Cynthia Stringfield, senior vice president of animal health, said in a statement.

WTVT-TV reported that after approval from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the tiger’s nasal swabs and fecal samples were sent for testing.

According to WFLA-TV, the tigers are being treated and observed round the clock. Zoo officials said they would remain out of the public eye and in their overnight accommodations until further notice.

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The Tampa Bay Times reported that the zoo will be testing its orangutans “out of caution.”

We are always monitoring susceptible species and will continue to review our protocols that comply with the latest scientific data and government recommendations,” Stringfield said in a statement. “Our team, the animals and guests assigned to our care. Safety remains our number 1 priority.”

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