MADISON, Wis.– Whether you have two legs or 4, hair or needles, you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. And Henry Vilas Zoo workers reminded each people and animals of that this weekend, at a pop-up clinic.
An estimated 250 youngsters, adults, and animals received their first, second, or booster doses Saturday at the Madison zoo.
“Considering kids over the age of 5 are now eligible for the vaccine, we thought this was a place they’d feel more comfortable,” stated Kristin Moala, of the zoo’s choice to host a vaccine clinic.
Like people, many species can catch COVID, together with massive cats, primate, river otters, skunks, and even badgers. That’s why zoo trainers began vaccinating animals a couple of weeks in the past, utilizing a particular pressure of the vaccine, as to not take away from the ‘human’ provide.
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“Most of the time, a lion will come over and let their trainer vaccine them in exchange for a meatball or something,” defined Moala. “It’s an entirely voluntary process. They can walk away whenever.”
Similar to Dane County’s human inhabitants, round 80% of the animals at Henry Vilas have made the option to get the vaccine. Species are educated to obtain different common vaccines, as effectively, together with rabies pictures.
“It goes to show our animals are not that different from humans,” stated Moala. “We all still need to take COVID seriously.”
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