Two lionesses have tested positive for COVID-19 at Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh. Both the animals have been kept in isolation, said the park’s director.
According to reports, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) Joint Director Dr KP Singh said the chain of transmission of the virus could have taken place through any asymptomatic human carrier, probably caretakers, working at the park.
He said the safari park authorities have been advised to shift the infected animals in isolation. The safari park has already been shut for public.
The CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology had on Tuesday said eight Asiatic lions in the Hyderabad zoo have tested positive for COVID-19. It had said these animals must have got infected through zoo-keeping staff.