Snow leopards die from COVID at Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska

Three snow leopards at Lincoln Zoo, Nebraska, Children’s Zoo died of complications from COVID-19 after several animals were infected, the zoo said Friday.

“This loss is really heartbreaking, and we are all mourning together,” the zoo said in a statement on Facebook.

Snow leopards Ranney, Everest and Makalu tested positive after a number of exposed symptoms, the zoo announced last month. The sumat tigers of the zoo also showed symptoms and tested positive. They seem to have fully recovered, the zoo said on Friday.

The animals were treated with steroids and antibiotics, according to the zoo.

“The Zoo has conducted a thorough investigation of all employees who were in close proximity to the felines. There is no evidence to pinpoint the source of the infection,” the zoo said last month after the infections were detected.

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