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Lovable child orangutan could have died of coronavirus at zoo, PETA claims… however keepers insist it’s inconceivable

Adorable baby orangutan may have died of coronavirus at zoo, PETA claims… but keepers insist it’s impossible



A BABY orangutan could have died from coronavirus at a zoo in Germany, PETA has claimed.

The marketing campaign group is demanding an investigation into the loss of life of nine-month-old Rima, however zookeepers have furiously rubbished the claims.

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PETA has demanded an investigation into the loss of life of nine-month-old Rima
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Leipzig Zoo, in Germany, stated that none of its workers have displayed signs of coronavirus
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Leipzig Zoo introduced the loss of life of the infant orangutan final week, however had been unable to present a reason for loss of life.

PETA, who marketing campaign in opposition to the mistreatment of animals, have since stated it’s “totally possible” that monkeys can catch coronavirus, and stated there needs to be an investigation into Rima’s case.

In a press release, PETA specialist Yvonne Würz stated: “The hazard of apes being contaminated with SARS-CoV-2 is totally possible.”

She added “Because the closest relations of people, they’re weak to pathogens which trigger respiratory diseases in people.”

Park officers, nevertheless, have maintained that Rima was severly ailing earlier than she died in April.

Zookeeper Daniel Geißler instructed German broadcaster MDR final week: “She was so ailing that she handed away in a single day.”

Mr Geißler added {that a} vet had been visiting Rima daily to try to save her life.

The younger orangutan’s mom, known as Pini, allegedly saved her physique for a number of days after she died.

Neither workers nor animals have had coronavirus signs in our zoo. Subsequently, we is not going to dissipate human screening capability with pointless assessments.


Leipzig Zoo spokeswoman

A spokeswoman for Leipzig Zoo rubbished PETA’s claims, saying that no workers or animals had coronavirus signs.

She stated: “It’s tough for us to reply to unqualified statements like this from PETA.

“The lifeless child was not examined for coronavirus. She died at the beginning of April, and was already faint and in poor common well being earlier than that.”

She added: “Neither workers nor animals have had coronavirus signs in our zoo. Subsequently, we is not going to dissipate human screening capability with pointless assessments.”

Leipzig Zoo was closed for six weeks due to the pandemic, however partially re-opened on Could 4.

It’s at present unclear how weak animals are to Covid-19.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention in the US is at present investigating a case in April the place tigers and lions in a New York zoo examined optimistic for coronavirus.

Seven huge cats, from Bronx Zoo, had been apparently contaminated by a zookeeper.

The animals had been examined after a four-year-old Malayan tiger known as Nadia began coughing in late March.


The CDC stated: “We’re nonetheless studying about this virus, however we all know it’s primarily spreading from person-to-person and it seems that it might unfold from folks to animals in some conditions.”

They added: “Public well being officers consider these massive cats grew to become sick after being uncovered to a zoo worker who was contaminated with the virus that causes Covid-19.

“This investigation is ongoing.”

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention in the US is at present investigating how weak animals are to coronavirus
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