Snow leopards test positive for COVID, making it the sixth confirmed animal species

Snow leopards test positive for COVID, making it the sixth confirmed animal species
Snow leopard (Image: PIRO4D/Pixabay)

[Ed. – This virus is serious business.]

Another big cat species tested positive for coronavirus, this time a snow leopard. It’s the sixth animal species confirmed to have been infected with the virus after human contact

Three snow leopards, two males and a female, tested positive for the virus at the Louisville Zoo, the zoo and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed Friday.

The female’s infection was confirmed first. All three leopards, whose symptoms are “mild” and include wheezes and dry coughs, are expected to fully recover, Louisville Zoo director John Walczak said in a filmed statement.

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The leopards were likely infected by an asymptomatic staff member “despite precautions taken by the zoo,” the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspect Service said.

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