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Sri Lankan zoo seeks help from India after lion’s Covid-19 tested positive

Colombo: Authorities at the Sri Lanka Zoological Park have sought help from India after a lion tested positive for the corona virus at a zoo here. The head of the National Zoological Park here said he was in touch with the Central Zoo Authority of India for the treatment of an 11-year-old lion named Thor.

“We are in regular touch with the Central Zoo Authority of India and are following their instructions to prevent zoo staff and other animals from becoming infected,” Director General Ishti Wickremesinghe said in a statement. We are treating the lion in isolation. ‘

The lion was brought to the Colombo Zoo in 2013 from the Seoul Zoo in South Korea. He said the lion was having difficulty breathing but the initial antigen test result was negative. He said that many other PCRs have been set up. Tests confirmed that the lion’s Covid-19 was positive.

A 12-year-old Asian lion suffering from Kovid-19 in India died on Wednesday in the safari area of ​​Arignar Anna Zoological Park near Vandapur in Chennai. Earlier on June 3, a 9-year-old lioness died at the zoo due to corona virus and so far 7 out of 14 lions have been infected.