They’re vaxing zoo animals. The animals are dying. Why?

So far, the zoo’s “big cats, great apes (gorillas, bonobos, orangutans), red pandas, goats, giraffe, river otters, skunks, bearcats and domestic dogs and cats” have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of this week, second doses remain in progress.

Around the country, zoo animals (and livestock apparently) are being vaxed for (er, or, against) COVID.

Now, historically, it is quite rare for a virus to jump species. It takes a long time and many many mutations.

(V)iruses that manage to jump species are rare — especially ones that do so successfully enough to cause large epidemics. “There are actually really effective barriers to zoonotic transmission,” Plowright says.

One theory is they are experiments, to see how long it takes the big and small mammals to die.

Recent stories:

Red panda at (Utica) zoo dies unexpected:

Tiger at SLC zoo dies:

Lion at Honolulu zoo dies of COVID:

Leopard at Sioux Falls zoo dies of COVID:

Giraffe at ATL zoo dies:

Milwaukee zoo polar bear dies; it was very old:

Monkey at Miami zoo dies after surgery:

Lion at D.C. zoo gets COVID:

Old rhino dies at zoo in Italy:

River otters die in FL zoo:

Baby giraffe at Baton Rouge zoo dies after allergic reaction to unknown cause:

Oldest giraffe ever dies at Tucson zoo:

Giraffe at Virginia zoo dies:

Baby giraffe dies at Dallas zoo:

Kansas City Zoo gorillas recovering from COVID:
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