Free World - September 15, 2021

Dozens of critically endangered orangutans in Malaysia have been tested for coro…


🦠Dozens of critically endangered orangutans in Malaysia have been tested for coronavirus with vets in protective suits undertaking the tricky task of giving the apes nasal swabs.⁠

The antigen tests on 30 of the apes in Sabah state on Borneo island were conducted last Tuesday, and all came back negative, wildlife officials said.⁠

Sen Nathan, assistant director of the Sabah Wildlife Department, said: “Testing for Covid-19 has been a vital tool in helping us get through this pandemic, and it is similarly important for this orangutan population. ⁠

“The disease could prove vastly detrimental to their health and set back their rehabilitation.”⁠

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