Big Cats Catch Covid

Big Cats Catch Covid

Kaitlyn Barry, Reporter

Since mid-September, The National Zoo in Washington D.C. has been treating six of their lions and three of their tigers after they contracted covid-19. Three lions were anesthetized because of their lack of appetite, abnormal breathing, and to be rehydrated. While eight of the lions are recovering just fine from the virus, there is much concern for a lion, Shera, who developed a kidney disease linked to her covid case and dehydration. Shera is currently labeled as critically ill but has shown signs of recovering, and zoo officials are no longer considering euthanizing her. There is a lot of hope for these big cats though, as two of them are now testing negative.