Snow leopard dies at US zoo after exhibiting signs of Covid-19

Baya (above) died after showing signs of a cough, followed by a lack of appetite and lethargy. PHOTO: TWITTER

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - A snow leopard died after displaying symptoms similar to Covid-19 at a US zoo housing a confirmed case of the virus, officials announced on Friday (Oct 8).

Baya, aged two and a half years, exhibited signs of a cough followed by "inappetence and lethargy" and died on Thursday, according to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A necropsy is planned.

One of the zoo's Amur tigers tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 this week, the zoo said.

Other big cats have exhibited symptoms.

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