Yesterday, we had a shocking call about a juvenile ocelot that had been attacked by dogs in the street. It seems the animal was an escaped pet that someone had been keeping illegally. The initial surgery went well, and we are hoping that he will respond well to treatment.
It’s only the 5th of January and we already have our first rescue of the year, a baby Ocelot. We don’t know his story yet, but tomorrow we will start with the paperwork and with finding him a good home in a rescue centre.
He is doing well but his test results came back positive for multiple types of intestinal and skin parasites, most probably due to poor care after his capture and proximity to domestic animals. We have just given him his first treatment and hope he will fully recover soon.
Introducing yet another victim of the illegal wildlife trade…
On Saturday 26th of October, the Regional Environmental Authority (ARA in Spanish) of San Martín, Moyobamba office, confiscated two false monitor lizards (Callopistes flavipunctatus). This is a species of lizard that lives in the dry equatorial forest of the Peruvian coast and is categorized as Near Threatened under Peruvian law (D.S. Nº 004-2014-MINAGRI).
The animals arrived dehydrated, hungry and very very cold (low body temperature). The ARA of San Martín asked for our help caring for the animals while finding a suitable rescue centre. Unfortunately, one of the lizards died due to internal bleeding, probably as a result of blows at the moment of capture.
However, together with ARA and the Ecological Police, we coordinated the transfer of the surviving individual to the ARA of Lambayeque, on the coast in Chiclayo, where it will be properly screened and, hopefully, released back to the wild. We want to thank engineer Andreína De La Cruz of ARA San Martín and officer Flores and Rivas of the Ecological Police for their outstanding work as wildlife authorities.
Today we were involved in the rescue of two endangered white bellied spider monkeys and a scarlet macaw from a tourist bar in the city of Yurimaguas. Thanks to the professionalism of the authorities involved (The environmental public prosecutor, the regional government of Loreto and the police) the operation went very smoothly and now the animals are on their way to a rescue centre where they will recover and eventually be released back to the wild.
Here is our latest rescue, an Ocelot that the authorities of Corral Quemado in Amazonas. He was seized from a trafficker and will stay with us until we can send him on to a good rescue centre.
Ocelots are nocturnal mammals that spend most of the day resting before coming out to hunt for a variety of prey at night. They can also swim and have been known to fish in rivers. Ocelots are currently threatened by habitat loss and wildlife trafficking.
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December 4th 2018, on a visit to the regional wildlife authorities, we found a newly rescued Black and White Eagle (Spizaetus melanoleucus) that needed our help.
This magnificent bird of prey was trapped inside a cage meant for a much smaller bird and had been forced, by its captors, through a door that it was too large for it to pass back out of.
We had to cut the bars of the cage in order to be able to free it. Once this was done we rushed the Eagle to the NPC vet who diagnosed a broken left ankle which was immediately set in plaster . The animal is now in a much larger cage with lots of space to perch. It will be sent to a rescue centre tomorrow morning where it will rest and recuperate.
In one month we will return to remove the plaster from its broken leg and hopefully this magnificent Eagle will return to its domain to fly and hunt again.