A snow leopard died at the Great Plains Zoo in South Dakota in the United States, due to COVID-19.
The leopard named Baya ceased to exist on October 7 and according to the notice delivered by the zoo, the animal began to show symptoms of respiratory problems a few days before death.
Baya was tested and it was indeed proven that she had COVID-19. In addition, his condition worsened very quickly, to the point that two days later his condition was critical and despite the efforts of the medical staff, nothing could be done to prevent his death.
The two-year-old snow leopard was part of a Great Plains Zoo breeding program to increase the population of her endangered species.
The task now is to carry out a necropsy to establish the exact causes of Baya’s death. From the zoo they indicate that this procedure is a standard for all animals that die and that it allows to determine if in addition to the disease, there were other factors involved.
Everything indicates that the animals of the feline family are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infections. In a zoo in the Bronx, in New York, a case was detected in a tiger infected with coronavirus, while cases of contagion were also found in domestic cats.
On the other hand, a study conducted in Wuhan determined that there could be many more infected animals than is believed. In this research, it was found that the cats with the highest amount of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 belonged to humans who had or had suffered from COVID-19.