Two rare Sumatran tigers recover from Covid-19 after being infected at a zoo in Indonesia

Two rare Sumatran tigers recover from Covid-19 after being infected at a zoo in Indonesia

  • Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose
  • Hari, 12, started showing the same symptoms two days later
  • The tigers were smeared and the tests came back positive for Covid-19
  • It took them about 10 to 12 days to get well at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta


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Two rare Sumatran tigers at the zoo in the Indonesian capital recover after being infected with Covid-19.

Nine-year-old Tino became ill on July 9 with shortness of breath, sneezing and a runny nose.

He also lost his appetite.

Two days later, 12-year-old Hari showed the same symptoms.

Nine-year-old Tino (pictured) became ill on July 9 with shortness of breath, sneezing and a runny nose

Nine-year-old Tino (pictured) became ill on July 9 with shortness of breath, sneezing and a runny nose

Hari, 12, in the cage at Jakarta Zoo, where he is recovering after a bout of coronavirus that lasted about 10 days

Hari, 12, in the cage at Jakarta Zoo, where he is recovering after a bout of coronavirus that lasted about 10 days

Hari, 12, in the cage at Jakarta Zoo, where he is recovering after a bout of coronavirus that lasted about 10 days

Hari bares his teeth as he is photographed in his cage at the Ragunan zoo

Hari bares his teeth as he is photographed in his cage at the Ragunan zoo

Hari bares his teeth as he is photographed in his cage at the Ragunan zoo

Two vets carry sample samples of the Sumatran tigers during Covid-19 swab test at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta on Monday

Two vets carry sample samples of the Sumatran tigers during Covid-19 swab test at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta on Monday

Two vets carry sample samples of the Sumatran tigers during Covid-19 swab test at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta on Monday

Pap smears were taken and the results were positive for Covid-19, Suzi Marsitawati of the Jakarta Parks and Forestry Agency said in a statement on Sunday.

The tigers were immediately treated with antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs and multivitamins.

They got better after 10-12 days and have now recovered under close observation at the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta.

“Their condition is good now. Their appetite has returned and they are active,” Ms Marsitawati said.

Hari the Sumetran tiger peers out of his cage

Hari the Sumetran tiger peers out of his cage

Hari the Sumetran tiger peers out of his cage

Tino lies on a bench in his cage at the zoo in the Indonesian capital

Tino lies on a bench in his cage at the zoo in the Indonesian capital

Tino lies on a bench in his cage at the zoo in the Indonesian capital

Hari looks wide-eyed at people outside his cage at the Indonesian zoo

Hari looks wide-eyed at people outside his cage at the Indonesian zoo

Hari looks wide-eyed at people outside his cage at the Indonesian zoo

Three zoo keepers help collect samples to test the tigers for Covid-19

Three zoo keepers help collect samples to test the tigers for Covid-19

Three zoo keepers help collect samples to test the tigers for Covid-19

Sumatran tigers are the most endangered subspecies of tigers and are under increasing pressure as their jungle habitat shrinks.

Ms Marsitawati said the government of Jakarta is trying to figure out how the tigers have been infected as the zoo has been closed as part of the coronavirus restrictions.

There was no infection among the keepers and other zoo personnel, she said.

Indonesia has become Asia’s hot spot with a record number of coronavirus cases in the region.

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