Stubbley and Osceola, two Malayan tigers at the Virginia Zoo, have tested positive for COVID-19 in preliminary testing and confirmatory testing is underway, according to Zoo officials.
The zoo’s third Malayan tiger, Christopher, was also tested after developing mild respiratory symptoms and results are pending.
The zoo says Stubbley and Osceola developed mild respiratory symptoms, including a dry cough and wheezing, last week. The symptoms were similar to other COVID-19 cases in big cats at other zoos and they were tested “out of an abundance of caution.”
In a post on social media, they said all three tigers are currently off exhibit and “as of today, both Stubbley and Osceola are in good spirits and are receiving supportive care from our Veterinary and Animal Care Staff. Their symptoms appear to be improving thanks to the quick actions and decisions of animal care staff to initiate testing and wonderful care at the onset of their symptoms.”
For more information, visit www.virginiazoo.org/tigers, which will be updated regularly with new information regarding the tiger’s conditions.
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Stubbley and Osceola, the Virginia Zoo’s two Malayan tigers have tested positive for COVID-19…
Posted by The Virginia Zoo on Wednesday, April 14, 2021