Critically endangered tigers recovering after catching Covid-19

Jakarta government trying to find out animals were infected given zoos are closed

 A male tiger, Tina rests inside the cage after it get Covid-19 swab test at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA

A male tiger, Tina rests inside the cage after it get Covid-19 swab test at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph: Adi Weda/EPA

 

Two rare Sumatran tigers at the zoo in the Indonesian capital are recovering after being infected with Covid-19.

Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose on July 9th. He also lost his appetite.

Two days later, 12-year-old Hari was showing the same symptoms.

Swabs were taken and results came back positive for Covid-19, Suzi Marsitawati from the Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency said in a statement on Sunday.

The tigers were immediately treated with antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs and multivitamins.

They were getting better after 10-12 days, and have now recovered under close observation at Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo.

“Their condition is good now.

“Their appetite has returned and they’re being active,” Ms Marsitawati said.

Sumatran tigers are the most critically endangered tiger subspecies and are under increasing pressure as their jungle habitat shrinks.

Ms Marsitawati said the Jakarta government is trying to find out how the tigers were infected, because the zoo has been closed as part of coronavirus restrictions.

There was no infection among the caretakers and other zoo staff, she said.

Indonesia has become Asia’s hotspot with a record number of coronavirus cases in the region.–Associated Press