After a tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19, scepticism arose about the animals contracting the virus. Amid all this, a series of photographs which show tiger being tested have caught everybody's attention. Taking to Twitter, Wildlife expert and photographer, Ron Magill shared photographs of samples being collected from tiger’s mouth, nose etc. He later disclosed that all the tigers had tested negative.
In his tweet, he also wrote that he tested tigers at Zoo Miami after they “exhibited symptoms” such as nasal discharge and lack of appetite. He added that the photographs were captured during the process.
Immobilized and tested tigers at Zoo Miami for COVID-19 due to symptoms being exhibited such as nasal discharge and lack of appetite. Fortunately, tests came back negative! Here are some images that I captured of the procedure. pic.twitter.com/IglVCcRSyL— Ron Magill (@RonMagill) April 24, 2020
Later, Zoo Miami also shared a video of immobilised tigers who were tested for coronavirus announcing that all of them had tested negative for the infection. Soon after the post hit internet netizens were divided. While many lauded the gorgeousness of the beast animals dubbing them as "beautiful", many others slammed the officials for "inhumane" treatment with the captivated animals.
ZOO MIAMI TIGERS TEST NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19— Zoo Miami (@zoomiami) April 24, 2020
Zoo Miami’s Animal Health team immobilized 1.1 Sumatran tigers on Wednesday morning to administer COVID-19 tests.
Video Credit: @RonMagill pic.twitter.com/IB8Ywcs0pd
He’s so beautiful 😍— Jessica 🎓 (@arevalo3_j) April 26, 2020
All I can say is inhuman to the core...insane..So disturbing video..no kindness left in mankind— Malvika (@saimalu22) April 29, 2020
Glad to hear that. I’m still confused how 1% of the human population has been tested but we are freely testing zoo animals and house pets 🤷🏼♂️— JVO 🦉 (@FLScottIN) April 24, 2020