Animals Getting Coronavirus?

When will the bad news end?

Ava Rymarenko, Contributor

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      These days the only words we hear is covid, corona, and covid-19. But have you ever heard of a gorilla getting covid? This sounds odd but it is true. These gorillas live in the San Diego Zoo found in the Safari Park. 

      Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for coronavirus, with some experiencing symptoms, and some not. On one Monday morning the eight gorillas who live together at the park are believed to have the virus and several have been coughing. California’s governor confirmed at his Monday news briefing that at least two gorillas had tested positive while three were symptomatic. The infection came from a member of the park’s wildlife care team who also tested positive for the virus, but has been asymptomatic. The way these gorillas got infected with the virus was the infection from an asymptomatic staff member. 

      In zoo’s large cats have been the most common animal to get infected. A four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia tested positive at the Bronx Zoo in New York in April, and shortly afterward, three other tigers and three lions at the zoo tested positive as well. Bashir, an 11-year-old Malayan tiger at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee, tested positive for coronavirus in October and went into quarantine with the Malayan tigers Arya, 6, and Tanvir, 11, who were also displaying mild coughing and a decrease in appetite. Last month, NeeCee, a five-year-old snow leopard at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, tested positive

      In conclusion, many animals have been infected with the virus, including gorillas, tigers, lions, and leopards. So, we should all be aware of our surroundings because who knows who could have given a poor little animal covid. So, all of us around the world should follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines.