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National Zoo’s Lions and Tigers Recover From COVID-19


The Smithsonian’s National Zoo announced that a group of lions and tigers who tested positive for COVID-19 last month have now returned to eating and behaving normally.

Follow-up tests carried out on eight lions and tigers through their fecal samples turned up results as “undetermined,” following their “presumptive positive” results that came out the week of September 13.

Only one lion named Luke tested positive for the infectious disease, according to a release from the National Zoo, which stated that “undetermined” results mean likely negative or no virus detected.

Keepers at the Zoo collected the samples for the second tests on October 4, except for Luke’s sample, which was taken on September 30.

Two more tests for each animal will take place over the next seven to 14 days.

The Zoo still has its COVID-19 safety and response protocols in place.

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