Cincinnati zoo has begun vaccinating animals against COVID and has already managed to give eighty fantastic creatures a double dose. It’s not every day we read about that now, is it?
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden have been extremely busy protecting their furry friends from the ongoing disease that has affected the world.
Zookeepers are responsible for the day-to-day care, and protection of exotic animals, and it’s especially important to keep these endangered treasures healthy.
So, Cincinnati zoo got to work, doing just that.
But, before we get into the amazing care that’s been going into the zoo of Cincinnati, what do we know about the relationship between the coronavirus and our fuzzy companions?
Well, according to the Centers for Disease, Control, and Prevention, although the chance of spreading the virus from animals to humans, is considered to be quite low, it’s likely that, in close contact, people can spread it to animals.
There’s a whole list of animals that are at risk of infection as well…
These animals include pet cats, dogs, and ferrets, several types of big cats, otters, and non-human primates, and mink on mink farms. And, so, even though the cases may be low, it is of paramount importance that we protect these creatures where we can.
So, how do we go about doing that? By following the lead of Cincinnati zoo, of course!
“We have 3 technicians (Amy Long, Jenny Kroll, and Janell Duvall), and they have their hands full with their regular routines and workloads,” said
Dr. Mark Campbell, the zoo’s director of animal health, as per Newsweek.
And it’s clear that these technicians are superheros.
“Adding the task of vaccinating dozens of animals… To their plates was a big request,” continued Dr. Campbell. “Not surprisingly, they rolled up their sleeves and got busy, working quickly to ensure that each multi-dose vaccine container was used within 24 hours of opening and kept at the desired temperature at all times.”
Even though the animals usually have over a year to forget about their flu shots, and other checks…
They only had 3 weeks with the coronavirus vaccine. And Dr. Campbell added: “We were concerned that the fresh memory of the first injection would make animals less willing to offer a shoulder or thigh for the second round, but they did.
“That success is 100% due to the strong relationships these animals have with care staff and our animal health team.”
And so, as the zoo continue to roll out the 2nd dose of vaccinations this week…
They have also kept the community in the loop regarding the health of the animals after the dose against the disease.
So far so good!