When the country is already coping up with the rising corona virus cases in the country, the deadly virus now invade the animals. In a case, at least eight Asiatic lions at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad have tested positive for Covid 19, forcing the authorities to close the zoo.
ICMR or the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology will investigate how the lions contracted the virus and also find out the source of infection.
After the case came in front, the State government has decided to close all zoological parks, including Nehru Zoological Park, other national parks and various wildlife sanctuaries in Telangana until further orders, following a directive from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
The virus is detected after the veterinarians in the park noticed symptoms in the lions such as loss of appetite and nasal discharge etc. After their samples were sent to CCMB-LACONES, the results came out positive. The eight lions have been isolated and due care and necessary treatment have been provided.
They are now recovering well. The analysis of samples reveals the infection was not caused by any variant of concern. However, the Ministry has also stated that there is no factual evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans.