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San Diego gorilla recovers from COVID-19 after antibody therapy

Gorilla Troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Test Positive for COVID-19
Posted at 11:01 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 15:28:57-05

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park appear to be recovering weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus, including a silverback who received antibody treatment.

The park's executive director Lisa Peterson said the eight western lowland gorillas are eating, drinking and active after being exposed by a zookeeper who tested positive for COVID-19 in early January.

Peterson said fecal samples from the gorillas are no longer testing positive for the virus.

She said some of the gorillas will get the COVID-19 vaccine from a supply made specifically for animals.