8 big cats at St. Louis Zoo test positive for COVID

St. Louis Zoo (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 8:17 AM CST
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two African lions and six other big cats at the St. Louis Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that zoo officials said Thursday that the animals are expected to make a full recovery.

Besides the lions, two snow leopards two jaguars, an Amur tiger, and a puma have been infected. Zoo officials said most of the infected cats showed no signs of illness, but a few had a decreased appetite and were less active for short periods. Some also developed respiratory symptoms.

Officials suspect the animals became infected after they received their first dose of an animal-specific version of the COVID-19 vaccine but before they received their second dose.

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