Brussel – Two hippos tested positive with COVID-19 at Antwerp Zoo in Belgium, perhaps the first recorded instances in the species, according to zoo workers.
Hippos Imani, 14, and Hermien, 41, had no symptoms other than a runny nose, but the zoo said the duo had been quarantined as a precaution.
"This is, to the best of my knowledge, the first instance of this species. This virus has been documented in big apes and felines all over the world "Francis Vercammen, the zoo's veterinarian, explained.
The coronavirus is assumed to have crossed from an animal to a human and has been proven to transfer from people to animals.
Pets such as cats, dogs, and ferrets have gotten infected by coming into touch with their owners, while incidences of infection in zoo animals such as large cats, otters, monkeys, and hyenas have been documented.
The illness has spread to mink farms as well as wild species such as deer.
Antwerp Zoo is looking into the outbreak's origins. According to the zoo, none of the zookeepers had lately experienced COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive for the virus.
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