Atlanta’s zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for
COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity.
Zoo Atlanta said Friday that employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had
runny noses, and showed changes in appetite.
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A veterinary lab at the University of Georgia returned positive tests for the
respiratory illness. Zoo Atlanta says it’s waiting on confirmation from the National
Veterinary Services Lab in Iowa.
The zoo says it is treating the gorillas at risk of complications with monoclonal
antibodies. Zoo officials say they believe an asymptomatic employee passed on the
The employee had been fully vaccinated and was wearing protective equipment.