Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) — Two rare Sumatran tigers in the zoo, the capital of Indonesia, are recovering after being infected with COVID-19.
Nine-year-old Tino became ill on July 9 with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose. He also lost his appetite.
Two days later, 12-year-old Hari had the same symptoms.
Susie Marsitawati of the Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency said in a statement on Sunday that the cotton swabs were taken and the COVID-19 results returned positive.
The Tigers were immediately treated with antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, and multivitamins. They improved after 10-12 days and recovered under close observation at the Lagunan Zoo in Jakarta.
“Their condition is good now. Their appetite is back and they are active,” said Marsitawati.
The Sumatran tiger is the most endangered subspecies of the tiger, and pressure is increasing as the jungle habitat shrinks.
Marsitawati said the Jakarta government is trying to find out how the Tigers were infected as the zoo was closed as part of coronavirus regulation. She said there was no infection among the caretakers or other zoo staff.
Indonesia has become a hotspot in Asia, with a record number of cases of coronavirus in the region.
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