The 14-year-old Amur tiger
, Jupiter, died Sunday after developing pneumonia caused by the virus
, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said in a verklaring
. Jupiter was undergoing long-term treatment for chronic underlying illnesses
, which made him more susceptible to the virus
, het die dieretuin gesê.
Additional testing and treatments were administered the following day and Jupiter seemed stable, but he died that night, volgens die verklaring.
Jupiter is the first animal at the zoo to die from Covid-19 complications, amptenare gesê.
“As a precautionary measure, we are requiring staff working with cats, great apes and mustelids (d.w.s., otters, wolverines) to wear masks when within six feet of these animals,” lui die verklaring. “These animals are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19.”
Jupiter arrived at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on March 19, 2015. He was born at the Moscow Zoo on July 9, 2007, and had sired nine cubs, lui die verklaring.
“Jupiter’s care team remembers him as a big and impressive tiger who loved fish, sleeping in the habitat’s cave, playing with cardboard boxes, and interacting with another favorite item—a 75-pound firehouse ‘plus sign’ that was heavy for keepers to move but something he carried around like it weighed nothing,” die verklaring gelees.
Vroeër die jaar, an 11-year-old snow leopard at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington
, Illinois, died after contracting Covid-19
. Rilu also developed pneumonia before death
, dieretuinamptenare gesê.