India: lions at Vandalur Zoo test positive for coronavirus and canine distemper virus

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Out of seven samples (four tiger and 3 lions) sent to ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (ICAR-IVRI) in Izatnagar, Bareilly, in Uttar Pradesh, one lioness tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and distemper virus, another lioness for SARS-CoV-2, and a lion tested positive for distemper virus,”  said IVRI Joint Director K P Singh said.

The New Indian Express had already reported that two lionesses — Kavitha and Bhuvana, aged 23 and 19 years respectively — are in critical condition. 

New Indian Express report


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** This post was originally published on June 10, 2021 **