11 African lions examined optimistic for COVID at Denver Zoo – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – COVID-19 has infected the lions at the Denver Zoo. Zoo keepers look after 11 African lions that tested positive for the Delta variant.

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The keeper says they watched them cough, sneeze and act lethargic.

The lions are between 1 and 9 years old.

(Credit: Denver Zoo)

The zoo has taken safety precautions since the pandemic began.

Brian Aucone, senior vice president for life sciences at the zoo, says lions across the country have contracted COVID. In a press release, Aucone said, “Fortunately the vast majority have made a full recovery, and the benefit is that we have an in-depth knowledge base to help treat our animals. We have reached out to other zoos that have recently treated COVID cases in their big cats to inform them of the care we offer.

The lions at the Denver Zoo were not vaccinated.

The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Fort Collins performed swab tests. The results have also been confirmed positive by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories.

Zoo keepers will monitor their behavior and symptoms.

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