Zoos in Himachal Pradesh put on alert after tiger tests positive for coronavirus in the US

The Hush Post | 7:38 pm | One-minute read |

The Himachal Pradesh government has put on alert the zoos in the state after a tiger in a US zoo tested positive for coronavirus. The state forest department has asked the zoos to keep a vigil on leopards, tigers, and other members of the cat family.

Himachal Pradesh has three recognized zoological parks at Kufri, Renuka and Gopalpur. Besides, the state also has three aviaries (pheasantries) at Shimla, Sarahan and Chail. The forest department has asked zoo authorities to put up CCTVs to monitor the felines.

Earlier on Monday, the Central Zoo Authority asked all zoos across the country to remain on high alert. The Authority has also asked the states to collect samples fortnightly in suspected cases.

The CZA has written a letter to all states and Union territories. “The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed COVID-19 in a tiger in the Bronx Zoo, New York”, read the letter.

“Zoos in the country are, therefore, advised to remain on highest alertness, watch animals on 24X7 basis using CCTVs for any abnormal behaviour or symptoms,” it said.

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