These incredible pictures show a fully grown gorilla being tested for coronavirus.

Shango the 31-year-old lowland gorilla, who weighs 433lbs (196kg), was treated at an animal hospital after getting injured in a fight with his brother Barney, 26, at Miami Zoo.

He was left with several injuries, including a deep bite wound, so vets gave him an X-ray, ultrasound, vaccinations, a TB test and a bronchoscopy, the zoo said.

But as Shango was showing signs of a low grade fever, vets tested him for Covid-19 as a precaution.


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Shango was heavily sedated and strapped to a treatment table as a huge swab was inserted inside his nostril.



Fortunately, the test from the sample came back negative for the virus.

Fights between adult male gorillas are not uncommon, but they usually end after some posturing and rarely result in serious injury.

Shango and Barney were both born at San Francisco Zoo and moved to Miami in 2017.

Zookeepers in Miami now have to decide whether it will be safe to reintroduce Shango to his brother once he recovers from his injuries.

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