It has been reported that three Western lowland gorillas have tested positive to Covid at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Almost certainly they have contracted it from a positive human contact. Other animals have tested positive during the pandemic such as tigers, dogs, cats and mink. No evidence has shown humans have caught the virus from animals to date but we have given it to them.
We all know 2020 was a tough year and not just for humans suffering a global pandemic. Animals have also suffered but there were some good news stories that give us hope that perhaps attitudes to wild and captive animals are shifting due to the effects of the pandemic. There were rays of hope in America with prosecutions of people illegally trafficking and mistreating tigers when the so called Tiger King faced numerous charges for his mistreatment of animals. Please let the respect for animals grow and bring pressure to bear on countries to make changes to their laws to protect the beautiful creatures of this world.