Adventure World, a theme park in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture reported today that two lions that contracted the novel coronavirus have died (computer translated):
We would like to inform you that two lions raised at Adventure World (Shirahama Town, Wakayama Prefecture) were infected with the new coronavirus in early January 2023 and unfortunately died. (First: Male, 19 years old, died on January 9, 2023 Second: Female, 21 years old, died on January 12). Eight other lions had coughing symptoms but are now recovering.
The two that died were elderly and had underlying diseases, and it is believed that they developed pneumonia after being infected. At the same time, an infected person in charge of keeping lions was confirmed, so it is presumed that the person in charge of breeding infected the lions.
“Currently, no symptoms have been observed in other animals.” We will continue to monitor the condition of the animals and continue to take measures to prevent infection.
The park will be open as usual, and the lions will be open to the public at Safari World.