First non-domesticated animal (tiger) diagnosed with Covid-19


The good news is that tigers normally practice social distancing.


Just kind of jarring if you own pets that this has crossed over. Who knows where this may go.



Not the first, actually – though maybe the first in America. The article mentions there have been “several” others elsewhere in the world, including a couple of dogs and a cat. Of course many animals may get sick and no one would think to test them for Covid, so who knows what’s circulating out there.

First non-domesticated. Yes, what Chris said.


non-domesticated is the first, not animal.

Edit: According to the AVMA (American Vetrinary Medical Association) there have been the following animals infected:
Dogs in Hong Kong, Cat in Belgium, Cat in Hong Kong, and El Tigre at the New York Zoo.

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Thanks for clarifying the subject line. (Though some may argue that cats are not domesticated. :smirk_cat:)


It’s not Covid-19, but we annually vaccinate our cows for Bovine Coronavirus.

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That’s what’s so often misunderstood… that Coronavirus is one of the biggest categories of disease… yet we are only now highly concerned about a new and “novel” form of it

Novel literally means new. It’s a bad strain… If it weren’t we would be less worried.

I’ve been thinking the same thing about cats :slight_smile: I keep reading that even though they get it, they’re not a risk of passing it on. I have no idea why scientists say this and I can’t help but think the reason is that they would be perfectly happy to self-isolate if they did get COVID-19, LOL


I’ll have to look for the report but I thought just a few days ago I heard/read this was transmitted via a bat and then via the “wet markets” in China. It could be that I misunderstood what was being said.

Thanks @ClaudnDaye and @Chris for the links.

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The following isn’t where I originally heard/read what I speak to above as to how covid-19 was transmitted but it can be read in the link @Chris posted above

COVID-19 origin and spread

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first detected in China and has now spread to more than 100 locations internationally, including throughout the United States. Helpful information providing a real-time look at case counts globally is available from the John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

The betacoronavirus that causes COVID-19 is SARS-CoV-2. Like MERS-CoV (the cause of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS-CoV (the cause of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), SARS-CoV-2 appears to have its origin in bats. Sequenced virus obtained from US patients is similar to that found in China originally, which suggests a single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir. Patients at the initial epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had a link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread within Wuhan was next reported, followed by person-to-person spread outside of Hubei Province and in countries outside of China, including the United States. Community spread is now evident across the United States and internationally.

Edited to add: Well, reading further down the page to COVID-19 in humans the same source says,

… At this time, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.

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Yes. I know that. That was my whole point.

Uh huh. Got it.

If one of my pups get covid-19 they’ll be getting hydroxychloroqine stat!