A San Francisco Bay Area zoo is jabbing its animals like big cats, bears and ferrets against the Covid-19 as part of a national effort to protect animal species using an experimental vaccine.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that Tigers Ginger and Molly were the first two animals at the Oakland Zoo to get the vaccinated this week. The vaccines were donated and developed by Zoetis in New Jersey.
The Vice President of veterinary services at the zoo, Alex Herman said that none of the animals have been effected the virus but they wanted to be proactive.
Tigers, black bears, mountain lions and ferrets were the first one to receive the first of two doses of the vaccine and next are primates and pigs.
Alex stated in a press release that the zoo has used barriers to maintain social distancing and staff have worn protective gear to protect the susceptible species.
Alex further said, “We’re happy and relieved to now be able to better protect our animals with this vaccine”.
According to the press release Zoetis, a veterinary pharmaceutical company is donating more than 11,000 doses of vaccine for animals living in nearly 70 zoos. As well as more than a dozen to conservatories, wildlife sanctuaries, academic institutions and government organizations located across the 27 states.
The San Diego Zoo had primarily started vaccinating primates in January after a COVID-19 breakout among a troop of gorillas at its Safari Park.
Great apes share about 98% of their DNA with humans and are especially vulnerable, as are felines. And, there are many confirmed cases of coronavirus among gorillas, tigers and lions at zoos as well as domestic cats and dogs.