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Snow leopard dies at Illinois zoo after contracting Covid-19 - Erie News Now

Snow leopard dies at Illinois zoo after contracting Covid-19 - Erie News Now
By Sana Noor Haq, CNN

By Sana Noor Haq, CNN A snow leopard has died after contracting Covid-19 at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois.Rilu, an 11-year-old snow leopard, struggled with Covid-19 induced pneumonia before death, according to a post on the Miller Park Zoo verified Instagram account."Rilu arrived at the Miller Park Zoo in 2011 from the Oklahoma City Zoo," the post said." "He made the Miller Park Zoo one of the leading institutions in the world in producing Snow Leopard cubs.

Rilu will engage and astonish the world for many years to come," said Jay Tetzloff, zoo superintendent, according to the Miller Park Zoo Instagram post.Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, who captured Rilu on film, paid tribute to the snow leopard in a post on his verified Instagram account.

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