A lion in the Dehiwala National Zoo has been diagnosed with ‘Covid’ disease. According to the sources that this has been confirmed by an investigation, the Divaina newspaper reported today (18).
Covid is said to have been infected by a male saffron lion named Thor, who lived on the zoo’s Lion Island and was brought to the zoo from South Korea in 2012.
According to the newspaper, the lion had been suffering from a cough and a sore throat for several days.
Meanwhile, two keepers in charge of the Lion Cage have been quarantined in the zoo and another guard at home, the Divaina newspaper said.
In the days leading up to the lion’s illness, a zoo cub and an adult hippopotamus died suddenly.
PCR for them. It also states that no investigations have been carried out.
Sheena, a lion cub and four lions that were brought to Sri Lanka in 2012, are reported to be living on the Lion Island where the infected lion Thor lives.
When inquired about this from the Minister of State for Wildlife Wimalaweera Dissanayake, he had told the Divaina that it is true that a lion in the zoo is ill, but on the ground of accuracy of the P C. R done for animals in the country, he had instructed the zoo’s board of directors to talk to India and conduct a proper investigation soon.
Although Lankasara tried to inquire about this from the Director of the Dehiwala National Zoo, Isira Wickramasinghe, the phone calls were not answered.