Japan: Two lions die from coronavirus at Adventure World


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Adventure World, an amusement park in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture reported today Two lions infected with the new coronavirus have died (computer translator):

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We would like to inform you that two lions who were raised in Adventure World (Shirahama Town, Wakayama Prefecture) were infected with the novel coronavirus in early January 2023 and unfortunately passed away. (First: Male, 19 years old, died on January 9, 2023 Second: Female, 21 years old, died on January 12). Eight other lions showed symptoms of coughing but are now recovering.

The two people who died were elderly and had underlying illnesses, and it is believed that they contracted pneumonia after being infected. At the same time, an infected person responsible for breeding the lions was confirmed, so it is assumed that the person responsible for the breeding infected the lions.

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“Currently, no symptoms have been observed in other animals.” We will continue to monitor the condition of the animals and will continue to take measures to prevent infection.

The park will be open as normal, and the lions will be open to the public at Safari World.

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