After recovering from a COVID-19 diagnosis, the three tigers at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk are back on display for everyone to see. Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Tara Reilly credits zoo animal care staff members for being observant and acting quickly.

“Because of that relationship that was built between the keepers and the tigers, they know immediately if anything is even a little bit off,” Reilly said. 

Oceola and Stubbley are twin tigers that were born at the zoo. Staff members have cared for them since that day, and Dr. Reilly says those staff members are very in tune with the animals.

It was near the beginning of April when the animal care staff at the zoo noticed something was off with the pair. The staff told Dr. Reilly the tigers’ usual friendly chuffing sound wasn’t quite right. So, Dr. Reilly stepped in to evaluate them.

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