Another big cat species tested positive for coronavirus, this time a snow leopard. It’s the sixth animal species confirmed to have been infected with the virus after human contact.
Three snow leopards tested positive for the virus at the Louisville Zoo, the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed.
All three, whose symptoms are “mild” and include wheezes and dry coughs, are expected to fully recover.
The leopards were likely infected by an asymptomatic staff member “despite precautions taken by the zoo.”
It’s unlikely the leopards — or other animals — pose a significant risk in transmitting the virus to humans, as Covid-19 is primarily spread between people.
In April, A Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo was the first to test positive for coronavirus after showing symptoms of respiratory illness. By the end of the month, eight of the zoo’s big cats, including four other tigers and three African lions, tested positive for the virus.