Cincinnati Zoo moves at-risk birds indoors to protect against bird flu

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CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden said it temporarily moved at-risk birds indoors to protect them from avian flu.

According to a press release, the zoo made the decision to move the birds last week after a new case of bird flu was reported 35 miles away.

“This is a temporary measure intended to reduce the exposure of our flock to wild birds,” said Jenny Gainer, curator of birds at the Cincinnati Zoo and leader of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) task force. ). “We have established a comprehensive protocol that will guide our decisions on when to return the birds to their outdoor spaces.”

According to experts, the threat level should decrease after the spring migration.

The zoo said none of its birds are showing symptoms of bird flu at this time.

Birds that have been moved indoors include bald eagles, saddle-billed storks, gray crowned cranes, eagle owls, barred owls, white-naped pheasant pigeons, little blue penguins , African penguins, trumpeter swans, kea, vultures, guinea fowl and Andean condors. The zoo has also closed the World Bird Habitats of South America and Australasia until further notice.

Avian flu is an infectious disease that causes runny nose, weakness and diarrhea in birds.

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