That’s one ape-sized nasal swab.
A gorilla in Miami was tested for the coronavirus after he developed a low-grade fever, according to his zoo.
Shango, a 31-year-old lowland gorilla, received the tests — which came back negative — while getting medical treatment for a bite wound, according to Zoo Miami.
The 433-pound animal was injured by his 26-year-old brother, Barney, when the gorillas tussled in a fight, zoo officials said.
He was taken Wednesday to an animal hospital, where he received X-rays, vaccines, ultrasound and other tests, the zoo said.
Though his bite wounds appear “quite deep,” there was no indication that there would be permanent damage, officials said.
He has since been returned to the gorilla area where he will be closely monitored as he continues to recover.
No decision has been made about when Shango will be reintroduced to his younger brother, the zoo said.
Shango and Barney were both born at the San Francisco Zoo and arrived at Zoo Miami in May of 2017.
The zoo said that scuffles between adult male gorillas are not uncommon, but most consists of a lot of posturing and rarely result in serious injuries.
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