Conversations over the impact of COVID-19 on animals are back in the spotlight after the recent deaths of three snow leopards that tested positive for the virus at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Nebraska.

During the pandemic, there have been multiple reports of zoo animals testing positive for COVID-19, including lions, tigers, gorillas, snow leopards and recently hyenas. There have also been reports of household animals like cats and dogs contracting the virus. 

Most animals that contract the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans do recover. However, like humans, predisposed conditions can cause certain animals to experience more serious complications that could lead to death. 

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