Zoos across North America as hiding their birds. This is in light of the bird flu outbreak across America. Therefore, they are trying to prevent its spread further. Currently, penguins are the only birds on display for visitors. This is largely because they are already indoors. Furthermore, they are protected behind glass. Thus, making it harder for the bird flu to infect them.
According to the Sentinel Tribune, more than 23 million chickens and turkeys have lost their lives to this outbreak. On the other hand, the zoos are hard at work to contain the virus. As of now, the outbreak seems to be worsening. Thus, maximum caution needs to be exercised so that risks are minimized.
Toronto Zoo is one of the many places ramping up its protective measures. The staff are adding roofs to some outdoor exhibits. Moreover, they are double-checking the mesh around the surrounding enclosures to make sure they are intact. The mesh will keep foreign birds outside the zoo.
Maria Franke is especially careful about the whole situation. She comments that the zoo has worked really hard to bring up the animals. Furthermore, she states that many of the staff that work there have close bonds with most of the animals. Thus, the zoo cannot afford an outbreak.
At the moment, no outbreaks have been reported yet at zoos. However, many wild birds have fallen ill to bird flu. Meanwhile, the poultry industry has been badly affected by this outbreak. Officials have permission to order an entire flock to be put down. However, this is a last ditch effort.
Luis Padilla comments that euthanasia is the “only way” to stop the spread. Therefore, the zoos are doing all they can so that they do not have to take this drastic measure. Padilla is the vice president of animal collections at the Saint Luis Zoo. We would like to inform our readers to remain cautious during this avian flu outbreak. If you have a bird as a pet, it is best to keep it indoors.