Latest Animal health News

Rabid bats found in Portland and Beaverton

Sep. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a rabid bat has been discovered in Northeast Portland. This is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Multnomah County since 2014, according to the county. Another was found in Washington County earlier this month, KGW...

Officials urge boaters to steer clear of 3 pregnant orcas

Sep. 15, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington officials are requiring commercial whale-watching vessels to keep extra far from three pregnant orcas, in hopes of giving the endangered animals more space to feed and socialize. Following reports that the three whales in J pod, one of the...

18 of 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have contracted COVID

Sep. 14, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — At least 18 of the 20 gorillas at Atlanta's zoo have now tested positive for COVID-19, an outbreak that began just days before the zoo had hoped to obtain a veterinary vaccine for the primates, officials said Tuesday. Zoo Atlanta had announced the first...

Maryland Zoo will vaccinate certain animals against COVID-19

Sep. 14, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Zoo will vaccinate certain animals that have been proven to be susceptible to COVID-19, officials said Tuesday. “We have not had any cases of COVID-19 in the animals here, but the vaccine will add another layer of protection for the...

More Pacific NW deer dying of viruses due to drought, heat

Sep. 13, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — There’s been an uptick in the number of Pacific Northwest white-tailed deer dying of viruses that typically infects more animals during hot summers and periods of drought, experts say. The deer get the viruses after getting bitten by gnats that...

Second case of cattle anthrax reported in Kidder County

Sep. 11, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota agriculture officials have confirmed a second case of cattle anthrax in Kidder County. The case was confirmed by the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Friday, according to the state Agriculture...

COVID-19 infections spread through gorillas at Atlanta zoo

Sep. 11, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta said Friday that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses...

Virginia woman a third generation animal laboratory employee

Sep. 11, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Aleta Kimble Reedy has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Regional Animal Health Laboratory in Harrisonburg. Her grandmother, Hilda Lambert, worked as a laboratory...

Indiana DNR: Birds now can be fed in all 92 counties

Sep. 11, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hoosiers in all 92 Indiana counties can resume feeding birds, the Department of Natural Resources has announced. The DNR had recommended a statewide moratorium on bird feeding earlier this summer to slow the spread of an undetermined illness killing...

Zoo Atlanta: Positive virus tests among gorilla population

Sep. 10, 2021 22:45 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several members of a troop of western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have tested positive for the coronavirus after handlers noticed many of the great apes were showing signs of mild coughing, runny noses and a small loss of appetite, the zoo said Friday. ...