A snow leopard on the San Diego Zoo has examined constructive for COVID-19 — forcing the zoo to quickly shut down its leopard habitat to guests, officers stated Friday.
Zoo workers first observed that Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard, had a cough and a runny nostril on Thursday, and despatched the animal’s stool to be examined, in line with an announcement from the San Diego Wildlife Alliance.
The California Animal Well being and Meals Security Laboratory System confirmed the presence of the virus, the group stated.
The zoo is ready for the US Division of Agriculture’s Nationwide Veterinary Providers Laboratories to additionally verify the outcomes.
It isn’t but clear how the leopard contracted the virus.
The zoo stated that it’s carefully monitoring Ramil’s well being. The animal “seems to be doing properly,” and has been quarantined, together with a feminine snow leopard and two Amur leopards who share an area and have been additionally probably uncovered.
Officers stated the exhibit could be closed to guests till additional discover.
“Whereas we await the outcomes of assessments to find out if the snow leopard is constructive for the virus that causes COVID-19, we will guarantee you the snow leopard and the Amur leopards who share his habitat are receiving wonderful care,” stated Dwight Scott, the zoo’s govt director, in an announcement.
“Our veterinary groups and wildlife care specialists at each the Zoo and Safari Park are extremely expert, devoted professionals who work tirelessly to make sure the well-being of the wildlife in our care.”
The zoo stated it had obtained a donation of “recombinant purified spike protein vaccine” for the animals that protects them in opposition to COVID-19.
The snow leopard had not obtained the vaccine, the zoo stated.
Based on the zoo, the gorilla troop that caught COVID-19 from an asymptomatic wildlife care specialist in January has absolutely recovered.