Three Snow Leopards At Nebraska Zoo Die Of COVID Complications
Three snow leopards at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska have died from complications due to COVID-19.
“Our leopards, Ranney, Everest, and Makalu, were beloved by our entire community inside and outside of the zoo,” read a statement from the zoo. This loss is truly heartbreaking, and we are all grieving together.”
The three leopards as well as two Sumatran tigers tested positive for the virus on Oct 13 after staff noticed the animals exhibiting symptoms. The cats were treated with steroids and antibiotics. Both tigers, Axl and Kumar, have made a full recovery.
Officials say the zoo will remain open to the public and precautions will continue to be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to humans and animals.
Zoos across the country, including the St Louis zoo and the Denver Zoo, have suffered Covid-19 outbreaks among their animals.
No other animals at the zoo have shown signs of infection, and it’s not known how the animals became infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that the spread of COVID-19 between humans and animals remains low, though it can happen in some cases, such as the currently-accepted origin of the virus, which says the virus spread from a bat to a human.
According to the CDC, humans can spread COVID-19 to animals, and there have been several known cases since the pandemic started.
One of the most recurrent issues is the infection of mink, which has led to the euthanization of around one million mink across Spain and Holland. U.S. mink farms in Oregon, Utah, Michigan, and Wisconsin have all had positive cases.
Humans have also spread the virus to cats and dogs in some cases.
Animal pharmaceutical company Zoetis developed a COVID-19 vaccine for animals, which has been used to protect primates at zoos across the country.