Five tigers, three lions, and two pet cats have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in New York.
The Bronx Zoo on Wednesday said eight of its big cats had tested positive at the zoo after catching the virus from a staff member.
Also on Wednesday, the CDC and the USDA announced in a joint statement that two pet cats tested positive for COVID-19. They are believed to be the first pets in the US to test positive for the disease.
Research from earlier this month suggests cats may be more susceptible to infection from the new coronavirus and may be able to spread it to other cats, though there’s no evidence to suggest the virus can spread from pets to pet owners.