RUSH: New York City, with America’s highest number of coronavirus cases, had one high-profile patient that caused a media sensation.
Nadia, a tiger who resides at the Bronx Zoo, was the first known case of human-to-animal coronavirus transmission. The New York City Health Department is investigating, but they think a zookeeper infected her. The good news is that Nadia the tiger is doing better. She is expected to make a full recovery.
Which is a good thing. Many zoos want to make a full recovery, too, because the shutdown is causing problems.
California’s Oakland Zoo is having a hard time scraping together money to keep their animals fed. Other zoos are in the same predicament, because they all rely on visitor fees and donations for their food budgets.
But that’s not the only problem. According to the Los Angeles Times, the animals are unhappy because of the shutdown.
It turns out that, except for the bald eagles, the zoo animals are bored. The zookeepers say that most of the animals seem to miss the people who come to stare at ’em. Zookeepers say contact with human beings stimulates the animals. (They’re just looking at food. What are we talking about here?)
So, I guess humans aren’t the evil oppressors of the poor captive animals after all. We make their lives meaningful and interesting, ’cause they think they can eat us. The animal-rights wackos — ho, ho, ho — aren’t going to like this one bit if they figure it out.