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Big cats at Lincoln Children's Zoo contract COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials at the Lincoln Children's Zoo announced Wednesday that five big cats at the zoo are being treated for COVID-19. Two Sumatran tigers and three snow leopards were tested after they began showing signs of the virus during the weekend,...

Zoo in New Orleans vaccinating apes against COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The zoo in New Orleans is vaccinating great apes against COVID-19, and plans to vaccinate cats, otters and animals related to otters. The Audubon Zoo recently received enough of the two-dose animal vaccine for its four gorillas and four orangutans,...

Tiger at Sioux Falls zoo contracts COVID-19

Oct. 11, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A tiger at a Sioux Falls zoo has contracted COVID-19. KELO-TV reported that officials at the Great Plains Zoo say Keesa tested positive for the virus. Staff noticed Keesa was coughing and acting lethargic during the first...

Florida town starts neuter program to limit feral cat spread

Oct. 10, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida town has begun a new program aimed at curbing the spread of a growing feral cat population. The city of Delray Beach recently earmarked $25,000 to neuter and vaccinate cats that freely roam the area. Officials estimate there are...

California to allow more canine blood banks, walk-in donors

Oct. 09, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

California on Saturday enacted a law aimed at phasing out one of the nation's large canine blood banks and the practice of keeping dogs in facilities while their blood is drawn. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to let veterinarians run community blood banks where residents...

South Carolina officials report 2 positive rabies tests

Oct. 01, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials are urging residents to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination after a fox and a bat tested positive for the disease. A rabid fox in Travelers Rest north of Greenville exposed one person and two dogs...

China kills 3 housecats that tested positive for COVID-19

Sep. 29, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China has killed three housecats after they tested positive for COVID-19, according to a local media report Wednesday, as the country takes increasingly strict measures to contain new outbreaks. The authorities in Harbin, where 75...

USDA: Ferret tests positive for COVID-19 in Florida

Sep. 24, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A ferret has tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida, federal officials announced Friday. This is the first ferret to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release. A ferret in the European...

Some Argentines turn to unusual pandemic pets for comfort

Sep. 23, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms — those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula. As the new coronavirus began to circulate last year, Luciana...

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...