Tigers, snow leopards test positive for COVID-19 at Nebraska zoo
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The tigers and snow leopards at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19.
Over the weekend, animal keepers noticed symptoms in the animals consistent with the virus. Fecal samples and nasal swabs were collected and some of the animals tested positive, the zoo says.
The snow leopards and tigers are being treated with steroids and antibiotics to prevent secondary infection.
The veterinary team says they’re following treatment plans used at other zoos with successful COVID-19 felid recoveries. The animals will remain under close observation by veterinary staff.
The zoo says due to the substantial distance between the animals and visitors, the public is not at any risk.
Currently, Lincoln Children’s Zoo has COVID-19 protocols in place for all animal areas and requires the use of PPE, hygiene, employee self-screening, and cleaning.
The zoo says there is no evidence to pinpoint the source of the infection.
It has been standard practice for all animal care staff to wear masks in all indoor facilities, according to the zoo.
All of the animals affected are anticipated to make a full recovery.