The zoo said it is working closely with experts in treating the coronavirus in humans, in case the gorillas develop severe symptoms.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, says that dogs and cats have been infected with the coronavirus around the world, adding that at a zoo in NY, some lions and tigers tested positive.
Three western lowland gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this afternoon, making them the world's first-known great apes to contract the virus.
The gorillas likely were infected by a member of the zoo's wildlife care team, who has tested positive but has been asymptomatic, according to the a statement from the zoo. Opinion | For Hongkongers who decide to leave, it's time they had to chooseDescribing Britain's offer as "a slap in the face of Chinese authorities", Ip said it might be time for Beijing to end its special treatment of Hongkongers and enforce its own nationality law in the city."This could be done after a specified cut-off date". Unfortunately for the gorillas in San Diego Zoo Safari Park, you'd be wrong on at least one of those assumptions. The park has been closed to the public since December 6 as part of California's lockdown.
Gorillas share 98% of human DNA, while chimpanzees and bonobos share 99%. They will remain together since separating them could be harmful to the gorillas that live in tight-knit groups. "We are hopeful for a full recovery".
The US publication Politico reported that another gorilla apart from the two has also shown symptoms of the coronavirus causing alarm in the country. Staff wear protective equipment when they are near the gorillas.
If you were an animal in a zoo, there's not many things you'd have to worry about.
The confirmation that gorillas are susceptible to the coronavirus contributes to information about how the pandemic may affect these species in their native habitats where they come into contact with humans and human materials, the park officials said.