National Zoo lions and tigers on the road to COVID recovery

It’s the cat’s meow: Lions and tigers (but not bears, oh my) are recovering from their COVID-19 infections at the National Zoo.

The zoo said the animals are “behaving, eating and drinking normally.”

Zoo officials have also started doling out vaccines to eligible critters.

“All seven orangutans, one western lowland gorilla, one white-eared titi monkey and two emperor tamarins received shots. Veterinarians and keepers are closely monitoring the vaccinated animals and have not observed any side effects,” the zoo said in a release.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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