Eight Asiatic lions housed in a zoological park in a southern Indian state tested positive for Covid-19 last month, according to the Indian government.
The Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad collected samples after the animals showed signs of respiratory distress.
"The eight lions have been isolated -- and due care and necessary treatment has been provided. All the eight lions have responded well to the treatment and recovering," read a statement from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Further analysis of the samples showed that the infection was not caused by any variant of concern, the statement said.
The Nehru Zoological Park is currently closed to visitors and an advisory has been issued to other institutions that house animals.
"Based on experience with zoo animals elsewhere in the world that have experienced SARS-COV2 positive last year, there is no factual evidence that animals can transmit the disease to humans any further," the ministry said.