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Tiger at Sioux Falls zoo

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A tiger at a Sioux Falls zoo has contracted COVID-19.

KELO-TV reported that officers at the Great Plains Zoo say Keesa examined constructive for the virus. Staff observed Keesa was coughing and performing torpid in the course of the first week of October. The supply of Keesa’s an infection is unknown.

Other huge cats at the power, together with two tigers and a pair of snow leopards, even have proven COVID-19 signs. All the animals are being examined and have been taken off exhibit for care and commentary. The zoo’s veterinarian, Louden Wright, mentioned many of the cats are recovering.

Zoo staff put on private protecting tools when working with animals vulnerable to COVID-19, however Wright mentioned somebody who was asymptomatic probably handed the illness to the cats.

Other zoos throughout the nation have reported COVID-19 infections in huge cats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized a vaccine for vulnerable animals. Great Plans Zoo officers say once they obtain the vaccine their animals will likely be inoculated.