The staff of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park recently revealed that 8 of their gorillas have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus after catching it from a human.
According to park keepers, it was thought that the gorillas
According to park keepers, the gorillas tested positive for the coronavirus after catching it off a member of the park’s wildlife care team.
This happened despite the team following all ‘safety protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and San Diego County Public Health’.
The staff of the zoo wear PPE’s when they are near the animals that they treat and take care off.
Lisa Peterson, the executive director of the zoo, released a statement about the incident, where they said:
Aside from some congestion and coughing, the gorillas are doing well. The troop remains quarantined together and are eating and drinking. We are hopeful for a full recovery. This is wildlife, and they have their own resiliency and can heal differently than we do.
The vets at the zoo are monitoring the health of the gorilla and are providing fluid, vitamins, and food.
No treatment is being offered for animals right now that has been proven effective by the authorities or experts.
On January 6, 2021, the staff at the zoo tested some fecal samples of the gorillas after of the troop started to cough.
The US Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the positive results on January 11, 2021.