Three 16-year-old Lioness and a four-year-old male lion at a zoo in Barcelona have tested positive for Coronavirus.
The lions were tested after keepers reportedly noticed they showed slight symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. Two staff at the zoo also tested positive for coronavirus.
In April, four tigers and three lions Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive, becoming the first cats to test positive for the virus.
The Veterinary Service of Barcelona said they had contacted colleagues at the Bronx Zoo, to get advice on how to treat the infected lions.
“The Zoo has contacted and collaborated with international experts such as the Veterinary Service of the Bronx Zoo, the only one that has documented cases of Sars-CoV-2 infection in felines,” the Barcelona zoo said in a statement.
Spain has recorded a total of 1.7 million cases of COVID-19 to date, 150,000 recoveries and 46,646 deaths.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth.