TOPEKA (KSNT) — Animals on the Topeka Zoo have managed to stay COVID-free for the reason that begin of the pandemic two years in the past, however this doesn’t imply that different zoos throughout the nation have had the identical luck.
For this cause, universities like Ok-State have appeared deeper into analysis for vaccines made particularly for zoo animals. A brand new examine at Ok-State focuses on defending 100 completely different species of mammals which might be particularly vulnerable to the virus. The professor spearheading the analysis is Dr. Jürgen A. Richt.
In a latest press launch in regards to the examine, he defined precisely what sort of animals in zoos they’re making an attempt to get vaccinated.
“We know that domestic and large cats and many zoo animals are highly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, probably acquiring the virus from their handlers,” Richt stated.
As of now, the Topeka Zoo has not made the bounce to vaccinate its animals. Instead, they’re doing one thing most individuals would by no means suppose would occur.
“We have been working with our animals to try and train them to let us swab, whether it be the inside of the cheek or the nose,” stated Animal Care Supervisor Shanna Simpson. “It makes it very stress-free, and that’s kind of neat that we are preemptively training our animals to test them.”
Simpson defined that prior to the pandemic they have been extraordinarily cautious round their animals, as many of those animals can contract the identical viruses and infections that people can.
“Primates can get any virus or bacteria that we can get,” stated Simpson. “They can get flu, they can get strep and they can get anything along those lines that we can get, so we have always taken precautions, especially with our primates.”
Even although the primates are of concern, the Topeka Zoo stated massive cats are extraordinarily vulnerable when it comes to the coronavirus. So to handle this, they’ve skilled many various animals within the zoo to cooperate when being examined.
“The orangutans, the tigers, the lions, the cougar…those are the animals that are more apt to come over,” Simpson stated.
Although the Topeka Zoo has not made the choice to vaccinate its animals but, Simpson stated it’s nonetheless a chance for them sooner or later.