The young white tiger cubs were killed by a covid, the zoo claims. An autopsy showed a devastated lung

The Pakistani zoo was shaken by tragic news at the end of January. Two local white tiger cubs died suddenly. An initial speculation about the cat virus was swept off the table by an autopsy that showed severely affected lungs. Pathologists claim that covid-19 is behind the death. However, as the zoo itself admits, PCR tests were subsequently performed only on zoo staff, not on the kittens themselves. Lahore Zoo is now facing charges from activists who point to other suspected deaths, Reuters reports.

The cubs died at the Pakistani Zoo on January 30. They were only 11 weeks old. Initially, the staff believed that the kittens had died as a result of treatment with the feline panleucopenia virus.

However, the autopsy found that the lungs of the small tigers were severely damaged and suffered from a severe infection, from which pathologists concluded that the kittens had died of covid-19. This is not the first confirmed case of infection with this disease in cats and canines.

“In rare cases, the virus has been confirmed in dogs. It was also confirmed in several cats. We generally know that felines are more sensitive to coronaviruses, they also have their coronaviruses, but transmission to humans has not been confirmed. “ Radka Vaňousová, President of the Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons of the Czech Republic, explained earlier Blesk Reports.

The animals became infected by the breeder

Although no PCR test has been performed, Kiran Saleem, the deputy director of the zoo, believes the pups were victims of a pandemic, he told Reuters. “After their deaths, the zoo administration tested all officials and six tested positive, including one employee who fed the pups. told Saleem.

But this is not the first time that the Lahore Zoo has reported the deaths of its animals. It often becomes the target of activists who claim that animals die due to poor conditions. “Tigers need a specific environment to live. If you place them in unsanitary conditions without the necessary measures, something similar will happen often. “ said Zufishan Anushay, founder of JFK (Justice for Kiki).

Saleem denied the allegations and told Reuters that activists were welcome to check. For the last time, the zoo did not excel much. A long-running campaign took two bears and a Kaavan elephant from their zoo, which was relocated to Cambodia.

Kavaan lived in Pakistan for many years.Kavaan lived in Pakistan for many years. | Reuters

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