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A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the first known case of a human infecting an animal and making it sick, the zoo's chief veterinarian said.

Nadia, the 4-year-old Malayan tiger that tested positive, was screened for the COVID-19 disease after developing a dry cough along with three other tigers and three lions, the Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages the zoo, said in a statement. All of the cats are expected to recover, it said.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is believed to have spread from animals to humans, and a handful of animals have tested positive in Hong Kong.

But officials believe this is a unique case because Nadia became sick after exposure to an asymptomatic zoo employee, Paul Calle, chief veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo, told Reuters. Calle said they did not know which employee infected the tiger.

"This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick," Calle said, adding that they planned to share the findings with other zoos and institutions. "Hopefully we will all have a better understanding as a result."

While the other tigers and lions were also exhibiting symptoms, the zoo decided to test only Nadia because she was the sickest and had started to lose her appetite, and they did not want to subject all the cats to anesthesia, Calle said.

"The tigers and lions weren't terribly sick," he said.

Nadia underwent X-rays, an ultrasound and blood tests to try to figure out what was ailing her. They decided to test for COVID-19 given the surge in cases in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.

The first tiger at the zoo, which has been shut since mid-March, began showing signs of illness on March 27, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which performed the test.

A study of feral cats in Wuhan, not yet peer reviewed, showed that some had antibodies to the coronavirus, indicating some level of exposure to the virus and some response by their immune systems. But the cats were not ill when tested.

The U.S. Agriculture Department, the World Organization for Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Association all say on their websites that there is so far no evidence that domestic animals can pass on an infection to people. But they all advise that people who are sick should take the same precautions about contact with their pets that they would with humans.


An auction of late actress Doris Day's four Golden Globe awards and other items from her life generated nearly $3 million over the weekend, far outpacing original estimates, Julien's Auctions said on Sunday.

Top-selling items in the live online auction included a classic 1930 Ford convertible that was seen in the opening of Day's 1980s talk show "Doris Day's Best Friends". The car sold for $96,000. A Golden Globe award she received in 1962 went for $25,600.

All proceeds from the sale of more than 1,100 items will benefit the Doris Day Animal Foundation that the singer and actress founded in 1978. Julien's Auctions had estimated the sale would bring in between $300,000 and $600,000.

Day, the cheery, girl next door who was one of the biggest stars of the 1950s and 1960s, died in May 2019 at the age of 97 in the Carmel, California, home she had made her refuge from Hollywood.

The auction featured Day's piano, gowns, furniture and dozens of artifacts reflecting her passion for animals including numerous ceramic dogs, birds, decorative pigs and pictures of giraffes and other critters that adorned her rustic home.

A planter decorated with brass elephants that was a gift from friend and actor Rock Hudson sold for $15,625, as did a 14-karat gold poodle charm bracelet.

Other highlights included a Cartier brooch with 27 round diamonds that Day was photographed wearing in the late 1970s. It sold for $40,625, well above the estimate of $800 to $1,200. Her director's chair from the television show "The Doris Day Show" fetched $16,000.

The auction had been scheduled to take place in Beverly Hills, but it was moved to a live-streamed format due to the global coronavirus outbreak.


Mandatory coronavirus quarantines of seasonal foreign workers in Canada could hurt that country's fruit and vegetable output this year, and travel problems related to the pandemic could also leave U.S. farmers with fewer workers than usual. Foreign labor is critical to farm production in both countries, where domestic workers shun the hard physical labor and low pay.

In Canada, where farms rely on 60,000 temporary foreign workers, their arrivals are delayed by initial border restrictions and grounded flights. Once they arrive, the federal government requires them to be isolated for 14 days with pay, unable to work.

In the United States, nearly 250,000 foreign guest workers, mostly from Mexico, help harvest fruit and vegetables each year. The State Department is processing H-2A visas for farm workers with reduced staffing, though some companies are still having a hard time getting workers in on time.

Ontario farmer Mike Chromczak said he was afraid he might be unable to harvest his asparagus crop next month unless his 28 Jamaican workers start arriving by mid-April. “It would be well over 50% of our farm’s revenue" lost, he said. "But I see it as a much bigger issue than me. This is a matter of food security for our country."

Steve Bamford's 35 Caribbean workers are just starting to trickle in to his Ontario apple orchards. Then they are isolated and paid for 40 hours per week during that period without touching a tree. Pruning work, a critical step to maximize yields, is now overdue. "It's an extreme cost. You don't plan on bringing people in and not work for two weeks," Bamford said.

Some Canadian farmers expect to reap smaller fruit and vegetable harvests this year if foreign labor is not available soon, said Scott Ross, director of farm policy at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.

In the United States, “delays are potentially very hazardous to farmers who were counting on that workforce to show up at an exact period of time to harvest a perishable crop,” said Dave Puglia, CEO of Western Growers Association, which represents fruit and vegetable companies in states like California and Arizona.

He said workers in the United States do not have to wait 14 days before they start working, although more efforts are being made to space workers out on the farms.  Dannia Sanchez, president of D & J and Sons Harvesting in Florida, is awaiting approval to bring in some 200 temporary agriculture workers, while blueberries in Florida ripen and Michigan asparagus nears harvest.

Abad Hernandez Cruz, a Mexican farmworker harvesting onions in Georgia, said he is working 12 or more hours a day. "A lot of people are missing," he said, referring to farmworkers whose visas weren't approved after the United States scaled back some consular activities in response to coronavirus. "If the farm doesn't produce, the city doesn't eat."


The pet industry is famously recession resistant, having come through the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the Great Recession of 2008-09 relatively unscathed. But not even the new “pet parent” sensibility can make the pet industry recession proof in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to Packaged Facts.

In its just-published U.S. Pet Market Outlook 2020-2021, the market research firm forecasts that total U.S. retail sales of pet products and services will decline by 17% in 2020, compared with the 5% growth anticipated prior to the coronavirus pandemic. These projections translate to a drop from $95 billion in 2019 sales to $78.5 billion in 2020. The firm projects a substantial, though partial, rebound in 2021, given the underlying strength of the pet industry.

This forecast factors in double-digit sales declines in 2020 for three out of the four pet industry sectors. Non-medical pet service sales are expected to suffer the sharpest drop in 2020, at 47%, due primarily to the link between pet boarding services and business/leisure travel. Also projected to drop in 2020 sales are the veterinary sector and non-food pet supplies, reflecting in part the discretionary nature of some of the services and products involved.

Somewhat mitigating the overall market loss will be continued (though tapered) growth in essentially non-discretionary pet products, primarily pet food and cat litter. Pet food, the largest pet industry sector, is forecast to grow 4% in 2020, compared with a 6% growth forecast before the COVID-19 pandemic impact. Pet food sales will reflect, as occurred in the Great Recession, some trading down to value and store brands.

Increased ownership rates for dogs, another pattern evident in the wake of the Great Recession, “might also help soften the blow of pet industry losses,” said David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, “and in the long term, losses aren’t characteristic to the U.S. pet market.” Pet ownership (and adoption from pet shelters) may get a boost among a national population that is now largely isolated, staying at home, and well aware of the mental and physical health benefits of pet ownership.

The U.S. pet industry comes off a strong performance in 2019, with overall sales of products and services rising 5.4% despite the maturity and impressive scope of the pet industry. A continued boom in pet product e-commerce delivered incremental gains in 2019, while a larger-than-expected pet food sales increase in mass channels bolstered the overall market.

Online retailers are well-positioned to continue gains in shares and sales. This advantage is doubly important because the shift to e-commerce has grown the overall pet products sector, and not merely cannibalized sales from brick-and-mortar. Packaged Facts projects the online share of overall pet product sales to reach 24% this year and 26.5% by 2024.


Winter the Dolphin and her friends from the Dolphin Tale movies are sending personalized video messages to friends and family when we all need it most. For $75, or $79.99 through an iOS app, you can request your own shout out from the rescued marine animals at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) and their Animal Care team through Cameo.

Winter the Dolphin is the first marine animal to be featured on the app designed for celebrity shout-outs. All proceeds go directly to support Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s animal care fund.

Dr. Mary Frances Greene, Principal at Middlefork Primary School in Illinois, was one of the first 25 to respond. “Our mascot is the dolphin. Our rules are the Dolphin Code. I have Winter on my desk,” Dr. Greene typed in her special instructions. She added, “It would be so special to have a shout out video to the Middlefork Dolphins that I could share with students as part of their at-home, eLearning experience! Thank you!”

Dr. Green wasn’t the only person looking for a unique way to connect with those she would normally see on a daily basis. The first email promoting the program went to CMA’s subscriber database. Within 48 hours, there were over 110 requests.

“Since closing to the public on March 16, we have been looking for ways to keep our audience engaged and to connect with them virtually,” said Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO Frank Dame. “Winter has been such an inspiration to millions and we’re hopeful that she will help keep loved ones and even e-Learners connected during these hard times.”

With every penny going to CMA’s animal care fund, guests can feel good about their purchase. “These folks are spreading messages of joy and through their purchase, they are helping to care for our animals and support our mission to rescue, rehab, and release marine life,” said Dame. Visit to learn how you can donate to Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


Some veterinary hospitals in New York City are lending their human-grade ventilators for human use as the city tries to get its coronavirus outbreak under control, the New York Post reports.

“There’s usually a distinct line between veterinary medicine and human medicine and there’s no crossover,” but the COVID-19 pandemic is an exception, said Brett Levitzke of Veterinary Emergency & Referral Group.

All told, the city’s specialty vet hospitals probably have a dozen ventilators, Levitzke estimated. They’re used in cases such as lung contusions, heart failure and pneumonia in cats and dogs.

Levitzke’s vet hospital has only one of the machines. Still, he told the Post, “If the option is to have the ventilator here for potential use, or getting it out on the front lines where it’ll definitely be used, it’s not even a question.” If an animal needs ventilation and the machine isn’t available, vet hospitals can apply manual ventilation, providing bags of oxygen by hand.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged such contributions late last month, asking not only veterinarians but also plastic surgeons and oral surgeons to make their ventilators available.

“If you’ve got a ventilator in your office, in your operating room, we need it now,” he said.


A middle-aged couple of giant pandas in a Hong Kong theme park have mated for the first time in more than 10 years, after finally enjoying a period of privacy thanks to the coronavirus lockdown.

Ying Ying and Le Le have been at Ocean Park since 2007 but, despite the encouragement of zookeepers, they had shown little inclination to have sex while daily hordes of visitors were watching their every move.

Chinese scientists, after losing patience with natural breeding, extracted sperm from Le Le and artificially inseminated Ying Ying, but this resulted in miscarriages. When the pandemic forced the closure of the park on 26 January, the 14-year-olds were halfway through the panda’s average lifespan and almost a decade past the start of sexual maturity.

But, after more than two months of being alone together, the couple have recently shown signs they were in the mood for love. Local reports say Ying Ying – in her oestrogen cycle – spent more time in the water and Le Le left more scent markings around the enclosure.

On Monday morning, the pair were seen cuddling more intensely than usual and then finally did what comes naturally, much to the delight of park managers.

“The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination,” Michael Boos, executive director for zoological operations and conservation at Ocean Park, noted in a press release.

It is not yet clear if Li Li is pregnant but vets say hormone fluctuations and behavioural changes may give a clue by late June. “We hope to bear wonderful pregnancy news to Hong Kongers this year,” Boos said.


New York Post reporter Steven Nelson asked Trump if he would consider pardoning Joe Exotic –– aka Joseph Maldonado Passage –– in light of the recent comments made by Donald Trump Jr. during an interview with SiriusXM radio in which he stated that Exotic’s 22-year sentencing seemed “aggressive.” 

“(Joe Exotic) is asking you for a pardon, saying he was unfairly convicted, said Nelson. “Your son yesterday jokingly said that he was going to advocate for it.”

Trump admitted that he had not seen the docu-series, which has garnered massive media attention since its premiere, and knew nothing about his case.

“Are you recommending a pardon? As a reporter you’re not allowed to do that,” Trump said before pointing his finger to another reporter to ask their opinion. 

Trump concluded by saying he would “take a look” at the Joe Exotic situation before shifting his focus back to coronavirus.

But many observers felt the question never should have been asked in the first place. Nelson has sparked major controversy online from journalists and viewers who felt the question was inappropriate to ask during a coronavirus briefing. 

Millions of people have tuned into “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” which details the story behind the rivalry between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin over the treatment of wild animals. Joe Exotic was sentenced in January for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill Baskin and for animal welfare violations.

Meanwhile, Fox announced Wednesday that it is airing an hour-long special on April 13 from TMZ that will share new interviews and “never-before-seen footage” of the “Tiger King” story.


Police in Florida have rescued a dog that was stranded on a boat after his owner became ill with COVID-19.

The owner was hospitalized and made a “desperate plea” to authorities to help his German shepherd, People reports.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office found the dog and removed him from the boat.

The sheriff’s Marine Unit “worked with Animal Services Officers to create a plan that would ensure the safety of the officers boarding the boat and the rescue of the stranded animal,” according to a Facebook post.

“Animal Services Officers then transported the dog to a facility where he will remain until his owner recovers from the illness.”


Yessir, the good times and good news keep right on coming!

The news reports that giant friggin’ Asian hornets that are invading the U.S. and are likely to cost the already coronavirus-stricken economy several million dollars per year.

So just how big are these giant hornets? Preliminary photos suggest you could throw a saddle on ’em and go for a ride.

And because these Giant Asian Hornets are as big as a damn Buick, The insects from hell can also kill a person allergic to the venom with a single sting!

Oh yeah, and experts are also predicting these giant killers that will undoubtedly become a wildly-popular “exotic pet” in the coming months may ALSO have a devastating impact on the already dwindling honeybee population in the U.S. and Europe.

The yellow legged critters were accidentally introduced to France from China in 2004 and they have been spreading rapidly throughout Europe ever since.

Have a nice weekend, America. We’re all gonna die.

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