Two white tiger cubs in Pakistan zoo die of suspected COVID-19 infection

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Two 11-week-old white tiger cubs that died in a Pakistani zoo last month appear to have died of COVID-19, officials have said.

The cubs died in the Lahore Zoo on January 30, four days after beginning treatment for what officials thought was feline panleukopenia virus, a disease that targets cats' immune systems and is common in Pakistan

But an autopsy found the cubs' lungs were badly damaged and they were suffering from severe infection, with pathologists concluding they died from COVID-19.

Although no PCR test for the new coronavirus was conducted, zoo deputy director Kiran Saleem told Reuters the zoo believes the cubs were the victims of the pandemic that has killed more than 12,200 people in Pakistan.

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13 Feb, 2021

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