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“An Abundance of Caution”

EXCUSE ME BUT… One would think that at this level of detail the nation — or at least the Bronx and Queens would have the testing protocol and response team in place for citizens as well.

Bronx Zoo tiger Tests Positive for Coronavirus – Breitbart

“We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about COVID-19 will contribute to the world’s continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus,” the statement sent to AFP said.

“Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers,” the statement continued.

“It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”

All four of the zoos and the aquarium in New York — whose virus death toll has topped 4,000 — have been closed since March 16.

The zoo emphasized that there is “no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19 to people other than the initial event in the Wuhan market, and no evidence that any person has been infected with COVID-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats.”

Chinese disease control officials had identified wild animals sold in a Wuhan market as the source of the coronavirus pandemic that has infected well over one million people worldwide.

According to the US Department of Agriculture website there had “not been reports of pets or other animals” in the United States falling ill with coronavirus prior to news of the tiger Nadia.

“It is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus,” the department’s website says.

In late March a pet cat was discovered infected with the novel coronavirus in Belgium, following similar cases in Hong Kong where two dogs tested positive for COVID-19.

All of those animals are believed to have contracted the virus from the people they live with.

The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city’s zoos.

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  • WDS April 6, 2020, 3:42 AM

    Sorry, but it seems the Representative from the Bronx is far too busy seeking Corona-reparations and gov’t checks for illegals to be concerned with “protocols” for testing at the moment.

  • ghostsniper April 6, 2020, 4:25 AM

    “…there is “no evidence that…”…”

    Anybody else past tired of this defensive reaction?

  • Gordon Scott April 6, 2020, 5:20 AM

    Yesterday I observed a family attempting to take the cat along for a walk, with a leash. There was dad, mom and daughter of age 10 or so. The cat did not want to stroll the neighborhood, at least not at the end of a leash. The cat would lay down. The father would drag the cat a few feet. The daughter would set the cat on its feet and wiggle the feet to send the message, “walking works like this….” This went on for the time I could see them. I should have shot video.

    The cat was not having any of this. Perhaps the cat feared exposure to the virus. Being low, the cat would be closer to all germs that gravity has dragged down.

  • LB1901 April 6, 2020, 8:36 AM

    “We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution…..”

    Did this wild hair apply to gazelles, primates, giraffes, hamsters, elephants, or reptiles, etc?

    If not, why not? Not ‘headline worthy.’

    My bullsh!t meter is red zoned.

  • Casey Klahn April 6, 2020, 10:06 AM

    Yes. Bullshit so deep it reeks.

    First, I read that the virus couldn’t cross species human to animal, and about the same day I read that it could. I still don’t know what to believe.

    As mentioned, it is funny how we don’t have enough tests, but we are testing zoo tigers.

    With Drudge a total go-to-hell, it is difficult to gather news easily or even a little reliably. It reminds of that cunning line that says: “the revolution will not be telecast.”

    Once the SHTF, there won’t be any news. On the better side, I am reading a report about the current resilience of the internet. I’ve been waiting for it to go down, and also power to go down. So far, so good. I’m not predicting either, just abundant in my caution.

    Stay safe. Don’t pet any tigers.

  • John Venlet April 6, 2020, 10:30 AM

    The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment.

    Jacque Ellul

    And I’ll add that the orchestra is in playing non-stop.

  • ghostsniper April 6, 2020, 12:10 PM

    Speaking of non-stop.
    It is a little after 3pm right now and my chainsaw has been running non-stop for the past almost hour. That little Stihl gets pretty good gas mileage. Gonna fire up a dank mud and sit on the porch with the mutt then back down into the fray, this time with the pole saw. And for supper on this lovely day there will be burgers on the grill. yee-hawww

  • Vanderleun April 6, 2020, 6:08 PM

    Damn, that sniper got him one fine crib.