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(WBAL-TV Baltimore)   Lions and tigers and Covid, oh my   (wbaltv.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Tiger, Lion, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Panthera, great cats, Infection  
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2021-09-17 2:54:35 PM  
I do wonder how these zoo animals keep getting the virus. I sure as hell wouldn't come within six feet of a Farking lion or tiger, whether I had The 'Rona or not.
 
2021-09-17 3:49:21 PM  

Somacandra: I do wonder how these zoo animals keep getting the virus. I sure as hell wouldn't come within six feet of a Farking lion or tiger, whether I had The 'Rona or not.


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2021-09-17 3:49:59 PM  
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Thoughts and prayers.
 
2021-09-17 3:53:08 PM  
I think whoever did the nasal swabs deserves a hefty bonus.
 
2021-09-17 3:54:41 PM  
Detroit: At least we're not Cleveland
 
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2021-09-17 3:55:44 PM  

Oliver Twisted: I think whoever did the nasal swabs deserves a hefty bonus.


I'd be equally impressed with any veterinarians that use the Chinese anal-swab technique for a big cat lacking tranquilizer.
 
2021-09-17 4:13:04 PM  
What a timely reference, grandpa boomer submitter.
 
2021-09-17 4:33:35 PM  
Its kind of scary how easily COVID-19 seems to jump from species to species. Let's hope this isn't the tip of the iceberg as far as new viruses are concerned.
 
2021-09-17 4:36:50 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Its kind of scary how easily COVID-19 seems to jump from species to species. Let's hope this isn't the tip of the iceberg as far as new viruses are concerned.


I'm not sure if I've heard this, but are any other species actually dying from it? If not, what makes humans so special?
 
2021-09-17 4:40:53 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Its kind of scary how easily COVID-19 seems to jump from species to species. Let's hope this isn't the tip of the iceberg as far as new viruses are concerned.


Yeah, that shiat's going to become endemic in the wildlife* and is not going to "just go away".

Get vaxed

*https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019​-n​cov/daily-life-coping/animals.html
"Recent experimental research shows that many mammals, including cats, dogs, bank voles, ferrets, fruit bats, hamsters, mink, pigs, rabbits, racoon dogs, tree shrews, and white-tailed deer can be infected with the virus. Cats, ferrets, fruit bats, hamsters, racoon dogs, and white-tailed deer can also spread the infection to other animals of the same species in laboratory settings.
A number of studies have investigated non-human primates as models for human infection. Rhesus macaques, cynomolgus macaques, baboons, grivets, and common marmosets can become infected with SARS-CoV-2 and become sick in a laboratory setting. There is some evidence suggesting that laboratory mice, which could not be infected with original strains of SARS-CoV-2, can be infected with new virus variants.
Chickens and ducks do not seem to become infected or spread the infection based on results from studies.
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2021-09-17 5:25:44 PM  
I don't understand how they can make such a declarative statement that the public is not at risk when they have NO FREAKIN IDEA how these animals got infected!  As they say, we don't know what we don't know.
 
2021-09-17 5:37:21 PM  

Somacandra: I do wonder how these zoo animals keep getting the virus. I sure as hell wouldn't come within six feet of a Farking lion or tiger, whether I had The 'Rona or not.


Even stick-feeding brings the keeper within 6 feet of the cat & the keepers may not be wearing masks. I doubt the visitors are ever within infectious distance (if what we know about the virus is accurate). I've seen the big cat sanctuaries online all wear masks when they're just on the property, much less when working near the cats.
Lions & tigers are expensive to medicate, not to mention every time you put a cat under for examination you could be doing damage to its kidneys; cat kidneys seem to be made of glass.
 
2021-09-17 8:48:05 PM  

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Thoughts and prayers.


We need to develop a Covid 19 vaccine for cats, dogs, tigers, gorillas, pangolins, bats, and Asian raccoon dogs.

It is imperatif we protect the helpless dumb animals, and these species can't refuse the vaccine for ridiculous reasons.

Please, won't somebody think of the kitties. Or at least force all children to take a modified vaccine for young goats?
 
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