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Big cats back at Sioux Falls zoo after negative virus tests

Nov. 27, 2021 12:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Big cats are back on display at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls after a snow leopard died of COVID-19. The animals, including tigers and snow leopards, have tested negative for the virus and were to return to their exhibits on Wednesday, zoo...

Hawaiian monk seal dies after battle with parasitic disease

Nov. 22, 2021 15:58 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A male Hawaiian monk seal has died at a Big Island marine mammal hospital after a five-week battle with toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic disease spread by cat feces, officials said Monday. Toxoplasmosis is the biggest disease threat facing the...

New outbreak prompts China to lock down university campus

Nov. 15, 2021 03:39 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has confined nearly 1,500 university students to their dormitories and hotels following an outbreak of COVID-19 in the northeastern city of Dalian. The order was issued Sunday after several dozen cases were reported at Zhuanghe University City and...

3 snow leopards with COVID-19 die at Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Nov. 13, 2021 19:40 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Three snow leopards have died at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska of complications from COVID-19. The zoo made the announcement in a Facebook post Friday, describing the deaths of the three leopards — named Ranney, Everest, and Makalu—...

LSU vet school lab testing pet cats and dogs for COVID-19

Nov. 03, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State University veterinary school’s diagnostic lab is providing free COVID-19 testing for dogs and cats in Louisiana through the end of the year, the school said Wednesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is...

Pet hospital to pay $43K to settle sex harassment suit

Oct. 21, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland veterinary services provider Hannah Pet Hospital will pay over $43,000 to a former pet nurse to settle a federal sexual harassment lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Hannah last fall on behalf of a nurse at...

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...