A tiger has tested positive for coronavirus and while scientists make sense of this new development, all of the internet is making Joe Exotic jokes.
First, the facts: the big cat in question lives at the Bronx Zoo and is named Nadia, according to Sky News. Four to six other lions and tigers at the same zoo are also showing symptoms, based on differing reports.
The U.S.D.A. believes this is the first known coronavirus infection in any big cat in the world, according to NatGeo reporter Natasha Daly. She adds that "a couple dogs and a cat tested positive in Hong Kong" as did "a domestic cat in Belgium," but it seems no domestic animals in the U.S. have been infected.
It is believed that an asymptomatic zookeeper may have passed the virus on, Daly reports. The tiger did not take a test away from a human, she added, as the testing procedures are different.