A snow leopard at San Diego Zoo tests positive for COVID-19. Ramil, a 9-year-old snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19. The feline suffered from a runny nose and a cough, which prompted zoo officials to have him tested. Two separate tests came back positive. There is no word on how Ramil got infected. Zoo staff is required to stay masked if they are unvaccinated. Though I am far from an expert on this topic, I would assume that the animals would not be close enough to visitors to catch it from them. Ramil and the three other animals he shares an exhibit with are currently quarantine and the exhibit is temporarily closed. There have been several animals who have gotten vaccinated, but Ramil is not one of them. Ramil is the first snow leopard to catch COVID but not the first animal. Earlier primates at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park came down with the virus. The animals have since recovered. The North Carolina Zoo is in the process of vaccinating some of its animals as well.
Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo, has tested positive for the coronavirus after caretakers noticed he had a cough and runny nose. Ramil is not showing additional symptoms, but he and other nearby animals are in quarantine. https://t.co/V8WsNrr7fw— The Associated Press (@AP) July 24, 2021