In the United States, at the zoo in the city of San Diego, for the first time in the world, gorillas have been infected with a coronavirus infection. This was reported on Monday, January 11 on the safari park’s website.
“Members of a gorilla group at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. On Wednesday, January 6, two gorillas began coughing … On Monday, January 11, USDA National Veterinary Service laboratories confirmed positive test results, ”the report said.
It is possible that the animals could have become infected from an asymptomatic carrier of the infection among the park staff.
On December 11, at the Louisville Zoo in the US state of Kentucky, the coronavirus infection was confirmed in a snow leopard.
On December 8, it was reported that at the Barcelona Zoo, an analysis of four lions tested positive for COVID-19.
Three females – Zala, Nima and Rune – and a male Kiumbe were tested after the animals developed mild symptoms of coronavirus. Two employees of the zoo were also infected.