COVID-19 Tests for Zoo animals in Sri Lanka

COVID-19 Tests for Zoo animals in Sri Lanka

COVID-19 Tests for Zoo animals in Sri Lanka

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

30 Jun, 2021 | 1:52 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): A decision has been reached to conduct COVID-19 Antigen Tests on all animals at Zoological gardens in the country, the Ministry of Wildlife and Conservation said.

“Instructions were issued to obtain the required Antigen Test Kits in this regard. If the infected animals are not treated soon after contracting the virus, it is difficult for them to recover,” C.B. Ratnayake, the Minister of Wildlife and Conservation told News 1st on Wednesday (Jun. 30).

According to the Minister, the Lion at the Dehiwal Zoo had contracted the virus from within the zoo, while the Lioness also became infected with the virus later.

All animals at the Ridiyagama Safari Park, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and the Dehiwala Zoo will be subjected to the COVID-19 Antigen Test, Minister C.B. Ratnayake noted.

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