• Three 'beloved' snow leopards died of Covid complications at Nebraska z

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    Covid Daily Briefing
    Three ‘beloved’ snow leopards died of Covid complications at
    Nebraska zoo.

    A snow leopard at a zoo in San Diego, Calif.Credit...San Diego
    Zoo Wildlife Alliance, via Associated Press

    By Víctor Manuel Ramos
    Nov. 13, 2021
    Three snow leopards died of complications related to Covid-19 at
    a zoo in Lincoln, Neb., despite efforts by staff to restore them
    to health after they tested positive for the virus about a month
    ago, zoo announcements said.

    The Lincoln Children’s Zoo lamented the deaths of Ranney,
    Everest and Makalu in a Facebook post on its official page
    Friday evening, saying the mountain cats “were beloved by our
    entire community inside and outside of the zoo.”

    “This loss is truly heartbreaking, and we are all grieving
    together,” the statement said.

    The snow leopards were not the only animals to have contracted
    the virus at the facility. The Lincoln Children’s Zoo had
    published a statement on Oct. 13 disclosing that the snow
    leopards and Sumatran tigers had “tested positive for the virus
    that causes Covid-19.”

    The zoo had collected nasal swab and fecal samples after animal
    keepers had “observed symptoms consistent with the virus in
    felids,” which can include respiratory illness. The zoo said it
    had been treating the snow leopards and tigers “with steroids
    and antibiotics to prevent secondary infection,” but its
    statement did not say whether its animals had been vaccinated.

    This summer, zoo animals started receiving an experimental Covid
    vaccine made by Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical company in
    New Jersey.

    The Lincoln zoo’s tigers appeared to be pulling through,
    according to the latest statement. “Sumatran tigers, Axl and
    Kumar, have made a seemingly full recovery from the illness,”
    the zoo said.

    Cases of coronavirus infections among zoo animals have surfaced
    throughout the U.S., including the first two spotted hyenas in
    the world found to have the virus, among other animals infected
    at the Denver Zoo. Other recently reported cases have included
    tigers in Omaha, Neb.; African lions, snow leopards, jaguars and
    a tiger in St. Louis and lions in Honolulu.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that
    the risk of animals spreading Covid-19 to people is considered
    low, but people can also spread the virus to them, and cases
    among pets and animals in zoos have been documented around the

    The Lincoln Children’s Zoo, conceived as a family destination
    where children could come close to animals, houses over 400
    animals, including more than 40 endangered species, according to
    its website. Zoo officials could not be immediately reached on
    Saturday, but the organization’s statement said it has been
    following guidelines from the C.D.C. and the American
    Association of Zoo Veterinarians to protect its animals, the
    staff and the community.


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