2 Tiger Take a look at Constructive for COVID at Denver Zoo – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Two tigers tested positive for COVID-19 at the Denver Zoo. They are the first animals known to have the virus in the zoo.

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Zookeepers noticed Yuri and Nikita, who are both 11-year-old Amur tigers, coughing, sneezing and acting lethargic.

The tigers still have access to their outdoor areas during their recovery, and the zoo says that due to the distance from guests, they pose no risk to the health of the visitors. However, the daily tiger demonstrations were suspended until the animals recovered.

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The positive cases came despite the zoo’s extensive, ongoing efforts to protect the animals there from COVID contamination. An animal-specific vaccine against COVID-19 called Zoetis is not yet available, zoo staff said.

“She is fine, showing very few signs or symptoms. We know it may take a while. There’s not a lot of data on this, so we’re going to keep monitoring the animals, we are monitoring them all the time, and we are going to keep monitoring them, ”said Brian Aucone, Senior VP of Life Sciences, Denver Zoo.

Brian Aucone, senior vice president of life sciences at Denver Zoo, said in a zoo press release that the zoo’s staff “have the expertise and experience to … provide excellent care and treatment.”

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