Sri Lanka Seeks Indian Help To Treat Virus-hit Lion
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Fri 18th June 2021 | 05:50 PM
Colombo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jun, 2021 ) :Sri Lanka's main zoo on Friday said it was seeking Indian help to treat a lion that tested positive for Covid-19 -- the first animal on the island known to be infected.
"We are seeking guidance from the Central Zoo Authority in treating Thor," Director General Ishini Wickremesinghe said in a statement.
Wickremesinghe said several PCR tests were carried out to confirm that the lion had contracted the virus after an initial antigen test result was negative.
Officials said Thor was receiving oxygen treatment and four other lions at the zoo had been isolated. Their keepers have been sent to quarantine.
Authorities there have also tested dozens of elephants for the virus at a forest reserve.
At least 2,425 people have died in the country and more than 233,000 have been infected, with the island currently under a month-long lockdown.