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The Detroit Zoo announced on Monday, August 30 that it will be vaccinating its zoo animals against COVID-19, according to a WXYZ article.
The animals that are most vulnerable to COVID-19 include the gorillas, chimpanzees, tigers and lions, who are first up in line to “roll up their sleeves” and get the shot, according to the article.
The zoo acquired a specific vaccine, which was created just for the animals from Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical company, which was allowed to use the vaccine on a case-by-case basis by the USDA, according to the article.
“The animals routinely get other vaccinations. Many of the mammals are trained to present themselves to our animal care staff for minor medical procedures, including vaccinations. We’re both thankful and relieved a special vaccine is now available to protect against COVID-19,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the DZS, in the article.
At zoos around the nation,, lions, tigers, leopards and gorillas caught COVID-19, according to the article. In places like Europe and India, a tiger and a lion have perished, according to the article.
As of today, COVID-19 infections were not present in Detroit Zoo animals, the article added.
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