Gorillas doing well, recovering from COVID-19, zoo says
It appears the infection came from a member of the park's wildlife care team who also tested positive for the virus but has been asymptomatic and wore a mask at all times around the gorillas. (Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Safari Park via AP)Staff at the San Diego Zoo are relieved. The zoo’s gorilla troop is recovering after several of the animals came down with coronavirus earlier this month. Eight gorillas make up the troop, but the zoo has not said exactly how many were infected with COVID-19. Zoo officials say the care and treatments given to their gorillas will help prepare other facilities for potential cases.
Baby giraffe dies at Tennessee zoo after it’s stepped on by mom
Baby giraffe in Tennessee zoo dies after its stepped on by mom. A baby giraffe has died after being accidentally stepped on by her mother. The mother, Nasha, gave birth to the calf on Saturday at the Nashville Zoo. We are heartbroken to announce that Nasha's calf died shortly after our birth announcement earlier today after the calf was accidentally stepped on by her mother. 💛 — Nashville Zoo (@NashvilleZoo) January 17, 2021Caretakers acted fast to try to help the calf, but they were unable to save her.
Florida zoo euthanizes 12-year-old giraffe due to hoof issues
Pongo, the giraffe, lived at ZooMiami for more than a decade. MIAMI – A 12-year-old giraffe dealing with worsening hoof issues was euthanized, officials at Zoo Miami said. The giraffe named Pongo had been dealing with issues that included fractures, pain and difficulty walking, the zoo said in a statement posted Monday on Facebook. The health team performed a series of treatments, hoping that Pongo would heal without the need to immobilize for a second time, the statement said. “The painful decision was made to euthanize him while he was still under anesthesia,” the statement said.
Snow leopard tests positive for COVID-19; zookeeper may have spread virus
This time, a snow leopard at the Louisville Zoo. COVID-19 has been confirmed in one female snow leopard there, although two male leopards appear to have symptoms. It’s likely a zookeeper who was asymptomatic accidentally spread the virus, despite taking precautions. In total, six species have been affected, though none of the big cats has been seriously ill. While some animals can catch the virus, the risk of animals spreading it to humans is considered to be very low.
Polish zoo captures rare mouse-deer birth on video
WARSAW – A zoo in Poland says it's the first to have captured on video the birth of a rare Philippine mouse-deer, and everyone's hoping it’s a male so it can help the endangered species breed. The night birth on Nov. 10 at 2:24 a.m. at the Wroclaw Zoo was filmed by a camera in the stall. It has given experts some knowledge on the mouse-deer’s birth process and the first actions of a newborn, including that it begins to nurse quite quickly. “It is a conservation milestone for this species,” the head of the Wroclaw Zoo, Radosław Ratajszczak was quoted as saying in a statement Tuesday. Their population is shrinking as they lose habitat to palm oil plantations, the Wroclaw Zoo said.
‘Tiger King’ zoo closes to public after federal license suspended
The Oklahoma zoo from the Netflix “Tiger King” documentary announced it’s closing to the public after its federal animal exhibition license was suspended. The USDA says it suspended the license for Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park and its owner, Jeffrey Lowe, on Monday. Lowe and the previous owner, "Joe Exotic" whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, were among the characters in the Netflix hit "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness." A post to the park's Facebook page said the park will, for the foreseeable future, be a private film set for Tiger King-related TV content. It also said animal rights groups pressured the USDA to unfairly shut them down.
Santa Barbara Zoo euthanizes Little Mac, its last elephant
Brent Lewin/Getty ImagesSANTA BARBARA, California (CNN) - Little Mac, Santa Barbara Zoo's last elephant, has been euthanized after a series of health issues, the zoo said. After two weeks of a sharp decline in her health, the zoo decided to enter Little Mac into hospice care several days before her death. Dr. Julie Barnes, the zoo's director of animal care and health, said in a press statement before Little Mac's death. Melinda Morgan-Stowell, a guest service manager at the zoo, told CNN Saturday that Little Mac was the last elephant the zoo will ever have. Current regulations require far more room than the zoo has, so the zoo's elephant program and exhibit will be permanently closed, she said.
Lion cubs abandoned by mom
Lion cubs abandoned by mom Three lion cubs, abandoned by their mother at the Ramnicu Valcea Zoo in Romania are being cared for by Zoo employees with the help of a stuffed toy tigress. Caretakers do not understand why she rejected the cubs, especially given that she was abandoned at birth.cbsnews.com