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(WBAL-TV Baltimore)   Lions and tigers and Covid, oh my   ( divider line
    More: Sad, Tiger, Lion, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Panthera, great cats, Infection  
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1596 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Sep 2021 at 3:45 PM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2021-09-17 3:53:08 PM  
3 votes:
I think whoever did the nasal swabs deserves a hefty bonus.
2021-09-17 2:54:35 PM  
2 votes:
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 4:40:53 PM  
1 vote:

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".

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"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.
2021-09-17 5:37:21 PM  
1 vote:

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.
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