According to the managers of this facility, gorillas started coughing last week, so it was decided to test them for Covid-19 - it quickly turned out to be positive, and a third individual also started showing symptoms. At the moment, it is difficult to say anything more, but there are many indications that they may have been infected by an asymptomatically infected zoo worker, but it will be a while before the theory can be 100% confirmed or ruled out. Fortunately, gorillas, apart from fatigue and coughing, are doing well. They are in quarantine together, drinking and eating. We are full of hope for a full recovery, says zoo executive director Lisa Peterson.
Gorillas share as much as 98% of their DNA with us, and previous research has suggested that primates may be susceptible to Covid-19 infection, so this shouldn't come as a big surprise to us. Zoo staff also realized this because they had been instructed in advance that they must wear protective clothing when handling gorillas, but the first documented cases show that this is not always enough. It's also hard to say what about the rest of the herd - has she been infected, but is infected asymptomatically? At the moment, the symptoms are observed in the three, but in the case of Covid-19 the situation can change drastically hourly, so we keep our fingers crossed for the gorillas.
We would also like to remind you that we had previously received similar information about diseases among big Life Hacker In last April, a 4-year-old tigress tested positive in the United States, and 7 other wild cats showed similar symptoms - there was also an asymptomatic worker with later confirmed Covid-19. Later, tests were performed on 4 lions in the Zoo in Barcelona, and although veterinarians are not able to say at the moment how the animals were infected, the conclusions are obvious, because infected workers appear in each of these situations.