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Saint Louis Zoo big cats healing from COVID-19

The cats have recovered from COVID-19 with only occasional coughing and sneezing.
The cats have recovered from COVID-19 with only occasional coughing and sneezing.(Source: Saint Louis Zoo)
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 7:23 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - The eight big cats at the Saint Louis that tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

The zoo said the cats have only occasional coughing and sneezing and they are eating and behaving normally.

According to the zoo, two African lions, two snow leopards, two jaguars, an Amur tiger and a puma came down with the virus a couple of days after getting their second vaccine dose.

It’s believed the big cats were likely exposed to COVID-19 prior to getting their second vaccine dose for animals between September 30 and October 26.

The Zoo said they believe the vaccine is what helped the cats show a strong immune response and to develop only mild symptoms.

The cats that caught COVID-19 received additional treatment to support their recovery.

The zoo also said they monitored the big cats respiratory rate and reported changes to their zoo’s team of veterinarians.

Each of the animals in Big Cat Country have been tested weekly to quantify viral shedding.

No other animals at the Saint Louis Zoo are showing signs of infection.

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