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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 18: A Snow Leopard sits on a rock in its enclosure at Central Park Zoo during a snow fall on February 18, 2021 in New York City. The U.S. National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that a total of 6 to 8 inches of snow is expected on Thursday and Friday in parts of the Northeast, including Southeast New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

A snow leopard at San Diego Zoo tests positive for COVID-19. Ramil, a 9-year-old snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19. The feline suffered from a runny nose and a cough, which prompted zoo officials to have him tested.  Two separate tests came back positive. There is no word on how Ramil got infected. Zoo staff is required to stay masked if they are unvaccinated. Though I am far from an expert on this topic, I would assume that the animals would not be close enough to visitors to catch it from them. Ramil and the three other animals he shares an exhibit with are currently quarantine and the exhibit is temporarily closed. There have been several animals who have gotten vaccinated, but Ramil is not one of them. Ramil is the first snow leopard to catch COVID but not the first animal. Earlier primates at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park came down with the virus. The animals have since recovered. The North Carolina Zoo is in the process of vaccinating some of its animals as well.

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