Four orangutans and five bonobos have been vaccinated at the San Diego Zoo in the US state of California. This is the first time any animal other than humans has been vaccinated. The vaccine was given on Thursday (March 4th) due to an increase in coronavirus infections among gorilla species.
It is known that four orangutans have been vaccinated. Among them is Karen, a 26-year-old orangutan from Sumatra. Karen underwent heart surgery in 1994. Karen was the first orangutan to undergo such surgery. Karen also made headlines at the time. News Reuters.
Zoo spokeswoman Darla Davis said in an e-mail that nine animals had been given two doses of the corona vaccine experimentally in January and February. This vaccine is prepared for dogs and cats. Orangutans and bonobos are fine after vaccination. No side effects were seen in their bodies.
Eight gorillas were infected with the coronavirus in January this year at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Among them was a 48-year-old man named Winston who suffered from gorilla pneumonia and heart disease. The gorilla is recovering now. Winston was treated with various drugs. Antibodies to the animal’s coronavirus were applied to his body.
According to veterinarians, gorillas have already developed antibodies in their bodies. That is why they were not vaccinated against coronavirus.
The vaccine was developed by veterinary pharmaceutical company Joetis. Nadine Lambersky, a wildlife officer with the San Diego Wildlife Alliance, said such animals had been vaccinated against the flu and measles before. He said this was the first time in the world that any animal other than humans had been vaccinated against coronavirus.
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