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Photo: nomads.team (Shutterstock) At least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19, the zoo has announced . They aren’t the first animals to contract the coronavirus in this pandemic, and they probably won’t be the last. Which animals can get the coronavirus? Besides the gorillas, we know that some tigers and lions at the Bronx zoo tested positive for COVID in April. Studies conducted by veterinarians have also found COVID in cats and dogs who picked up the coronavirus from their human families. And perhaps most concerning, there have been outbreaks in mink at fur farms in multiple countries. Scientists aren’t too surprised that the coronavirus can sometimes jump species; other (non-pandemic) coronaviruses have been known to infect dogs and other animals. Can animals give the coronavirus to humans? Not usually. The dogs, cats, and zoo animals who have COVID seem to have picked it up from people, not the other way around. But the mink are different. Mink in European fur farms caught the coronavirus, passed it to each other, and were apparently able to infect humans . The Danish government, noting that mutations traced to mink were present in at least a dozen human cases of COVID, ordered that all farmed mink in the country be killed . What happens when an animal gets the coronavirus? Some of the animals that tested positive for COVID exhibited respiratory symptoms, like coughing and shortness of breath. If your pet seems to be sick, consult […]