While last month, a tiger from another US zoo tested positive for coronavirus, the Miami Zoo has taken extreme protective measures to protect two highly endangered clouded leopard cubs. The two born on 11 February, one male, and one female, are vulnerable to catching coronavirus.
The zoo staff is wearing gloves and masks and disinfecting their shoes when they take care of the clouded leopards that are native to forests in southern China, Taiwan, and Malaysia.
On Tuesday, during their examination and vaccinations, zookeepers reported that the clouded leopard cubs are “developing well”.
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Zoo Miami expressed in a statement that: “Both offspring appear to be thriving and the mother continues to be attentive and nursing them on a regular basis”.
“With the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent revelation that a tiger had contracted the disease at another zoological facility, extra care is being taken by all staff working around these kittens.
“New procedures include stepping into disinfecting footbaths prior to entering any feline area as well as using masks and gloves while working in those areas. “
According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) samples from the tiger along with five other tigers and lions were taken and tested after they have shown symptoms of respiratory illness.
“This is the first time that any of us know of anywhere in the world that a person infected the animal and the animal got sick,” Paul Calle, the chief veterinarian at the zoo, told Reuters news agency.