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Columbus Zoo gives animals COVID vaccines

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COVID-19 is not only a human downside. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has already vaccinated greater than 100 animals towards the virus, together with tigers, lions, gorillas and giraffes.

  • More pictures are rolling out within the subsequent few weeks, zoo officers say.

Why it issues: Several species — particularly primates and cats, each massive and small — can catch COVID from their human caretakers. Many are endangered.

The intrigue: While people are lured by incentives like reward playing cards and million-dollar lotteries, all it took to inspire the Asian small-clawed otters was a tasty chunk of smelt, zoo spokesperson Jen Fields tells Axios.

What’s occurring: The Columbus Zoo’s animals are educated utilizing optimistic reinforcement and favourite treats. They method zoo workers at exhibit boundaries and sit all the way down to take injections. This can also be how they take part in well being exams and blood attracts.

  • This reduces stress for the animals, as a result of sedating them is not essential.

What’s subsequent: Small cats like lynx, servals and Pallas’ cats are among the many subsequent to be vaccinated, Fields mentioned.

Driving the information: Animal well being firm Zoetis is donating greater than 11,000 animal vaccine doses to dozens of zoos, together with Columbus, and different amenities throughout the nation.

  • The pictures’ immune-boosting substances are totally different from human vaccines and do not impression these provides.

The massive image: Just below 300 animals nationwide have examined optimistic for COVID, per the USDA. That additionally contains pets like canine and cats, although they appear to be at decrease danger for points than different animals.

Yes, however: The CDC does not suggest routine testing of animals, so the precise variety of circumstances is probably going greater.

Can you vaccinate your pet? No, and at this stage of the pandemic, most specialists agree it probably will not be essential.