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Animals at Detroit Zoo receiving COVID-19 vaccines

Some animals are rolling up their fur for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Detroit Zoo.

Vaccine developed by veterinary drug company Zoetis

The zoo is starting by immunizing gorillas, chimpanzees, tigers and lions and other animals will follow. (Detroit Zoo/Facebook)

Some animals are rolling up their fur for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Detroit Zoo.

The zoo in suburban Detroit said its gorillas, chimpanzees, tigers and lions are getting a vaccine developed by Zoetis, a veterinary drug company, and authorized by the U.S. Agriculture Department. Other animals will follow.

"We're both thankful and relieved a special vaccine is now available to protect against COVID-19," said Scott Carter, the zoo's chief life sciences officer. "The animals routinely get other vaccinations."

The zoo said no COVID-19 infections have been found in its animals.

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