Pittsburgh Zoo: 2 Lions Positive For COVID-19, Others Tested For Virus

The staff at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium says two of their lionesses have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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- Two female lions at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium have COVID-19. Zookeepers say the lionesses were displaying some symptoms including coughing and digestive issues. Experts say the risk of infection between animals and guests is very low, but they're testing the rest of the lions to be safe.

BARBARA BAKER: Ever since the Bronx Zoo, a year ago, reported a positive case in a tiger, we've known that it might be something that could have occurred. So we've gone ahead and tested our lions and two of the lions-- two of the six lions came back positive. And so right now all they're getting is supportive care. That's all they require. We don't actually require any special treatment for them. And they're doing great and expected to make a full recovery.

- The zoo believes the lions got the virus from a zoo employee who tested positive but had no symptoms.