Zoo snow leopard tests positive for COVID-19, unclear if Delta variant

A female snow leopard at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.
A female snow leopard at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. Photo credit Scott Olson/Getty Images
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A snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo tested positive for the virus that causes Covid19, the wildlife park announced Friday.

Workers at the zoo noticed the 9-year-old male snow leopard experiencing a cough and runny nose Thursday. Stool samples provided the first positive test result, which the zoo then forwarded to the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System for confirmation. The Department of Agriculture is conducting a third test, a spokesperson told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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