Meet Baby "Covid" - Mexican Zoo Gives Newborn Tiger Big Name, He Gives Them Hope
Covid is cute.
"He's going to have a big impact," says zoo vet Kitzia Rodriguez.
BioZoo, a small sanctuary zoo in Córdoba, Veracruz, has just welcomed it's newest member: "Covid," a baby bengal tiger, one of the rarest breeds in the world.
The rare birth of a baby Bengal tiger called ‘Covid’ has brought hope to a private zoo in eastern Mexico, even as normal life seizes up in the country to contain the deadly coronavirus that inspired his name https://t.co/HBVe5OJtMd pic.twitter.com/5cBWAuv6sI— Reuters (@Reuters) March 27, 2020
Like his namesake, Covid gave the Rodriguez's a big surprise.
"We didn’t know he was on the way," Kitzia Rodriguez, daughter of the zoo's owner, Gonzalo, and one of it's veternarians, told Reuters.
Covid was born to an 8-year-old tigress that the Rodriguez's nursed back to health after rescuing from a circus where she suffered a severe hip fracture.
The zoo, which is owned and operated by the Rodriguez family, specializes in rescuing animals from circuses and exotic private collections.
Right now, with everyone sheltering-in-place, the zoo's visitors and source of income have dried up. "The situation right now is difficult for everyone," says Kitzia.
But, the birth of baby Covid has inspired the family. "He's going to have a big impact," she says. "I think the birth, in spite of the situation, will help us and gives us hope to carry on, so we can have visitors."
"Covid was a gift."