A global-level disaster caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) was first reported among humans in 2019 at Wuhan, China. It was identified that the transmission of this virus to humans happened on the consumption of Bat (animal), which is the primary host for SARS CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) through pangolins.

A pandemic broke with its contagious effect, affecting the entire human population that was not limited to them. Soon animal kingdom had to become a victim of this deadly virus.

Instances around

The Globe prevalence of coronavirus among the wild animals was reported, namely.

In India, eight Asiatic lions were found infected with symptoms of nasal discharges, dry cough, and apatite loss. After a month of treatment, the zoo authorities announced their recovery.

The death of three Snow leopards was declared in Lincoln children’s Zoo of Nebraska after a tough fight covid that lasted for one month.

Massacre of Mink – Denmark

Mink (Mustela lutreola) is a carnivorous, semiaquatic mammal commercially grown for fur. Denmark, which is one of the leading producers of mink, was struck by the covid wave. It spread rapidly in the farms where animals lost appetite and were found sneezing frequently. The minks were infected through human contact and acting as a potential carrier risking the lives of people who worked on the farms. To break the cycle, the Danish Government issued the culling of 17 million minks in November 2020,,two followed by a ban on mink farms up to 2022.


Recent highlight

A Zoo in Antwerp, Belgium, disclosed the infection of Covid-19 by two hippopotami, which showed symptoms as ‘running nose.’ Authorities practiced immediate isolation, and their vitals were monitored. The virus was found with felines, minks, and ferrets; this was the first case among hippos.

Attack of corona on new species - Hippos

Attack of corona on new species – Hippos


Immediate isolation of the infected animals is practiced to avoid spread to other animals and humans.

Along with the Sputnik V, Russia has released the Carnivac-Cov vaccine, effective among dogs, cats, minks, and foxes, estimated to provide immunity for six months.

In the worst-case scenario, culling could be decreed when handling the situation through quarantine seems complicated.

Written by:

Anusha Velamuri

Content Writer (Erakina by RTMN)


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