April 2, 2023
NDTV Coronavirus

Thor had been experiencing respiration difficulties and refused meals. (Representational)


Sri Lanka’s major zoo on Friday stated it was in search of Indian assist to deal with a lion that examined constructive for Covid-19 — the primary animal on the island identified to be contaminated.

The Department of National Zoological Gardens stated it was consulting vets on the Central Zoo Authority of India to deal with 11-year-old Thor, a lion gifted by Seoul’s zoo in 2013.

“We are seeking guidance from the Central Zoo Authority in treating Thor,” Director General Ishini Wickremesinghe stated in an announcement.

Thor had been experiencing respiration difficulties and refused meals, prompting authorities on the Dehiwala Zoo, close to the Sri Lankan capital, to check it for coronavirus.

Wickremesinghe stated a number of PCR exams had been carried out to verify that the lion had contracted the virus after an preliminary antigen take a look at consequence was adverse.

Officials stated Thor was receiving oxygen therapy and 4 different lions on the zoo had been remoted. Their keepers have been despatched to quarantine.

In India not less than two lions have reportedly died of Covid-19 this month — the primary being a nine-year-old lioness at a Tamil Nadu zoo.

Authorities there have additionally examined dozens of elephants for the virus at a forest reserve.

Sri Lanka has banned travellers from India to stop a extra virulent pressure of Covid-19 getting into the nation because it battles a 3rd wave of infections.

At least 2,425 individuals have died within the nation and greater than 233,000 have been contaminated, with the island at the moment beneath a month-long lockdown.

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