A rare snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus

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By Rachel Trent, CNN

A uncommon snowfall leopard astatine the San Diego Zoo that hadn’t been vaccinated has tested affirmative for coronavirus. But the zoo is continuing to rotation retired shots to support different animals.

Last Thursday, wildlife attraction specialists noticed the snowfall leopard had a cough and nasal discharge, the zoo said successful caller release. Preliminary tests confirmed the microorganism that causes Covid-19.

The zoo said it doesn’t cognize however the snowfall leopard got infected. According to the Snow Leopard Trust, determination whitethorn beryllium lone astir 4,000 to 6,000 snowfall leopards near successful the world.

In January, the zoo started vaccinating its animals with donated recombinant purified spike macromolecule vaccines, which are not intended for quality use. The zoo vaccinated respective large apes after the zoo’s gorillas tested affirmative for the virus. The gorillas afloat recovered.

Veterinary teams astatine the zoo are focusing connected wildlife astir astatine hazard of contracting the virus, including leopards, lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, upland lions and others, according to the zoo’s quality release.

The snowfall leopard appears to beryllium doing good and is showing nary summation symptoms, the zoo said.

The snowfall leopard shares his situation with a pistillate snowfall leopard and 2 Amur leopards. Those animals are being quarantined and monitored closely.

This isn’t the archetypal clip a snowfall leopard tested affirmative successful the US. In December, 3 snowfall leopards astatine the Louisville Zoo were confirmed to beryllium infected with the virus. Those leopards showed mild symptoms and were believed to person been infected by an asymptomatic unit member.

Testing astatine the zoo and astatine the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System confirmed the affirmative trial of the San Diego Zoo’s snowfall leopard. Results are inactive pending from the US Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

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