Thirteen gorillas from a zoon in Atlanta, Georgia are now being treated after testing positive for COVID-19.
Sources said the gorillas are suffering from cough, runny noses, and loss of appetite.
The Zoo staffs revealed one of the infected gorillas is Ozzie, who is currently the world’s oldest living male gorilla at the age of 60 years old.
The staffs suspect a vaccinated, asymptomatic employee who cares for the gorillas who passed on the virus.
Sam Rivera, DVM, Senior Director of Animal Health said they are doing their best to save the lives of the gorillas.
“They are receiving the best possible care, and we are prepared to provide additional supportive care should it become necessary,” River said.
“We are very concerned that these infections occurred, especially given that our safety protocols when working with great apes and other susceptible animal species are, and throughout the pandemic have been, extremely rigorous,” Rivera added.
Given the COVID-19 infection, the zoo already stepped up anti-infection efforts including more protective masks, suits, more intensive cleaning, and increased ventilation.