Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-10-19 21:04:48 –
Cincinnati, OhioWCPO) — The Cincinnati Zoo has vaccinated 80 animals to protect them from COVID 19.
When some animals in other zoos were positive, the Cincinnati Zoo implemented a program to vaccinate them.
“There are several species that are susceptible to this disease,” said Janel Duval, a veterinary technician at the Cincinnati Zoo. “I know there are no cases at the Cincinnati Zoo, but some animals have tested positive at other institutions. We wanted to process it, stay ahead, and protect the animals.”
Scientists have been studying animals and COVID-19 since the pandemic began in 2020. Duvall said primates are susceptible to big cats such as COVID-19, giraffes, lions, snow leopards and cougars.
In a press release sent Monday, the zoo said vaccination plans were added to the usual obligations of handlers and veterinary technicians. Duvall said she and other veterinary technicians at the zoo began to accompany the handler when feeding and spending time with the animals. This process began in the middle of the summer and meant that animals were vaccinated twice, much like humans.
“(We) probably started working with the zookeeper in June or July,” Duval said. “I have a lot of questions from any animal. I sometimes work with the animals I’m focusing on once or twice a day. I need to build relationships with them. That’s the biggest thing. Is the challenge. ”
According to a press release, the zoo had no incidents while completing the vaccine program. Veterinary technicians went into pens, enclosures, and other habitats with the zookeeper and moved into them with a syringe before actually administering the shot.
“We understand what their favorite treat is and make the experience positive,” Duvall said. “What I have in mind is that this is a wild animal, not something like a dog or cat. I will do my best to make sure everyone is safe.”
Duvall said the zoo will continue to monitor the latest research on animals and COVID-19 shortly after completing the vaccination program.