3 snow leopards die from COVID-19 at Nebraska Zoo – Community News

3 snow leopards die from COVID-19 at Nebraska Zoo

Three snow leopards have died from COVID-19 at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska, officials say. It follows the death of another snow leopard last month at a South Dakota zoo.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform our community that three snow leopards at Lincoln Children’s Zoo have died due to complications from COVID-19,” the zoo said in a statement. “This loss is truly heartbreaking and we are all grieving together.”

Two Sumatran tigers, who also suffered from the coronavirus, appear to have made a full recovery, the zoo said.

Last month, a snow leopard at the Great Plains Zoo in South Dakota also died from the coronavirus.

SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported worldwide in a number of animal species, although deaths are rare in large animals. Species in which infections have been reported include cats, dogs, minks, otters, ferrets, lions, tigers, pumas, snow leopards, gorillas, and white-tailed deer.

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