Two hippos at the Zoo in Belgium city of Antwerp have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reported.
Animals named Imani and Hermien got a runny nose, after which the veterinarians took tests from them. It is not yet clear why the hippos got sick, the zoo followed strict sanitary measures, and the employees were not infected.
“As far as I know, this is the first time for this species. This virus is mainly registered in apes and felines, ”said a veterinarian who took samples from hippos.
The huge hippos, who are mother and daughter, are not in great peril. The animals are feeling well, but they are isolated.
The employees wear safety goggles and masks to avoid contact with other animals and take a rapid test daily. Until a negative result for coronavirus, the aviary will be closed to visitors.
Earlier, most COVID-19 cases were thought to have been among cats and monkeys.
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