A zoo from Los Angeles took drastic measures when it discovered some of its animals were suffering from an extremely contagious infection. The animals were Nubian Ibex goats, and had herpes, so the risk of contamination was incredibly high. Therefore, they thought the only solution to avoid the spread of the disease was to euthanize the animals.
The Nubian Ibex goats threatened the other hoofed animals in the zoo
Nubian Ibex goats live in the mountains, in dry regions, and their populations are spread over quite a big surface. This includes countries from northern Africa, as well in the Middle East. They do not exceed 2.6 feet in height, and are of a light brown color. However, the distinctive sign they bear are the big horns, which grow long and make coils in the back.
The zoo officials said it wasn’t easy for them to euthanize an entire herd of Nubian Ibex. However, the danger was too big, and many other animals were at risk of contracting the herpes virus. Therefore, although it was heartbreaking, they understood this was the best decision. The moving option was also out of the question, as they couldn’t have taken the goats to a different place without infecting the other creatures in the zoo.
The mountain goats could carry the virus without any symptoms
They first understood the Nubian Ibex goats had started spreading the disease among the animals this October. Six antelopes contracted a fever and died, seemingly out of nowhere. They investigated and discovered the virus was actually coming from the mountain goats. The virus was strong, so the only solution was euthanasia.
It was hard to spot the presence of the virus in the goats, as they could carry it without exhibiting any symptoms. However, it can affect other hoofed animals, by causing fever, nasal discharge, depression, or diminished appetite. It is extremely aggressive, and quickly leads to death. This was the first time when this strain of the disease appeared in the US, as it is usually more common in poorer countries.
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