In maybe the primary such reported incident, eight Asiatic lions within the zoo right here have examined constructive for COVID-19 after their saliva samples have been completely examined by CSIR-Centre for Mobile and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, Rakesh Mishra, advisor of the premier analysis institute mentioned on Tuesday.
“The saliva samples of the Asiatic lions have been completely examined and so they turned out to be constructive. As they have been residing intently it should have been unfold amongst them,” Mishra advised PTI.
“Now we’re growing a technique to check the samples of their feces. This technique could be helpful in future as each time it isn’t potential to gather saliva samples from wild animals,” he added.
He additional mentioned the virus which is current within the lions on the Nehru Zoological Park right here isn’t any new variant.
“They’ve delicate signs and they’re consuming effectively and they’re advantageous,” he mentioned.
Replying to a question, he mentioned there may be each chance of animals contracting the virus as they’re additionally mammals like human beings.
Mishra additional mentioned these animals should have received contaminated by means of zoo-keeping employees.
A senior official of the zoo mentioned they preserve sending the samples of the animals to CCMB now and again for evaluation.
Because the lions began exhibiting signs reminiscent of fever, the zoo officers collected the samples and despatched them to CCMB.
The official additional mentioned the samples from the wild animals can be collected both by ‘Squeeze cage’ technique or by tranquilising them.
Within the ‘squeeze cage’ technique, the animal can be confined in a cage with none house in order that it can’t transfer or resist whereas taking samples.
In view of speedy unfold of the coronavirus within the nation, the Ministry of Setting Forests and Local weather Change, just lately issued an advisory to shut all zoological parks, nationwide parks, tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries for guests until additional orders to regulate the unfold of the pandemic.
Accordingly, the zoo right here, Kakatiya Zoological Park, Warangal, Kawal and Amrabad Tiger Reserves, all Nationwide Parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Telangana have been closed from Could 2, an official launch had earlier mentioned.