For perhaps the first time on record, multiple gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19 at a U.S. zoo and safari park.
It is suspected the gorillas acquired the infection from an asymptomatic staff member.
San Diego Zoo
The zoo explained, “Members of the gorilla troop [...] have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.”
It’s believed the animals acquired the illness from a staff member who was not displaying any symptoms, although the company maintains no health and safety regulations were breached.
While the gorillas are congested and coughing, the zoo says they are “doing well” and remain together.
"We are hopeful for a full recovery,” adds the notice.
According to The Guardian, it’s believed to be the first outbreak of its kind among primates in captivity.