Two 11-year-old lion cubs at the Denver Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19.
The lions, Yuri and Nikita were “spotted by animal care staff after coughing, sneezing, lethargy and runny nose,” the zoo said in a statement Thursday. At the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins, the lions tested positive for speculation using nose and nasal swab samples.
Yuri and Nikita, who are currently recovering, are the first animals at the Denver Zoo to test positive for COVID-19. No other zoo animal is currently showing signs of possible infection.
The tiger test results were confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories.
Brian Akon, senior vice president of life sciences at the zoo, said: “We have known for a long time which species are at risk at the zoo, and we have taken all necessary precautions to protect all our animals. Of. ” “While we can’t be sure how Yuri and Nikita were affected by Covid 19, we are fortunate to have an incredible amount of expertise and experience in recognizing their symptoms, and providing the best care and treatment. There is a staff. “
The release states that zoo staff follow strict COVID-19 protocol around their animals, including personal protective equipment, hygiene, hygiene, self-screening of employees and health management. In 2020, the zoo installed safety barriers around the Edge, the lion’s den, to ensure a safe distance between visitors and animals.
The release states that no tigers were vaccinated against COVID-19. Zoologists plan to vaccinate them along with other large cats, as more doses of the Zoetis vaccine available to animals become available.
According to zoo officials, the distance between visitors and animals poses no danger to visitors to the zoo. Daily sightings of the lion have been suspended until Yuri and Nikita fully recover.