By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Brookfield Zoo has closed its indoor big cat exhibits after a tiger tested positive for COVID-19.

Malena, who is 11 years old, started showing signs of mild respiratory illness last week.

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Because she is an older tiger, Malena is at higher risk for complications from the virus.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

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Malena and some of the other animals received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for animals about two weeks ago.

Their second dose was scheduled for next week.


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CBS 2 Chicago Staff