July 2009

2014-Mommy-with-baby

The first picture shows our new sloth babies, Luisa and Adrian. They are two-toed sloths and were dropped here by people who had bought them at Belen market, not thinking that they are actually increasing illegal animal trade and the killing of sloths by buying the babies. For us, sloths are problematic, as their milk doesn’t have any lactose, and one tin of powder milk without lactose costs $20 (U.S.) and lasts for about 15days!

Tourists also left Samba, a little Tamandua (anteater). She is doing well, eating lots of termites but also getting milk and vitamin K, as the vet told us she needed both.

We also have a tiny pygmy marmoset . . . also left by a tourist. (Please, it is so important if you visit other countries to not buy animals from street people. We understand why you would do so, but the very purchases encourages such trade.) This little marmoset was brought it to us with the big name Winston; he is doing very well and has almost doubled his weight (he weighed only 30 grams) since he arrived.

We also have Nico, a four-year-old red Uacary, who is getting mature and behaving very macho . . . he wants to kiss the women and provocate men by moving branches violently, perfuming himself with his urine and showing his teeth. Luckily he still has a friendly character. His head is broader and he has less hair on the skull.

Owl Monkey.Just a few days ago, the owl monkey arrived . . . quite dehydrated and full of fleas and other parasites. But as you can see he’s doing fine. The owl monkey, one of the most unusual of new world monkeys, is a night specie (thus the huge eyes), and we might be able to release him as we have wild ones on our land.

There’s also a picture of our manatee’s impossible love affair with caiman(s)! He embraces them . . . and the strange thing is that the caimans seem not to mind at all!

The last picture I took today also is Chavo (who has been at the Amazon Animal Orphanage for years). As you can see he’s still looking the same as years before—he doesn’t get adult. Maybe that hormonal problem has something to do with his epilepsy, but up to now I cannot get a hormonal test either.

Fortunately we have two nice and good veterinarians here who definitely do their best, but cannot help much with Chavo as we don’t know the causes of his seizures. During the last week, Chavo didn’t have any more seizures, but nobody really knows why.

Maybe somebody who reads this website has had similar experiences and could give me any tips—I would appreciate it SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!! The question is, what can we do for Chavo when he doesn’t respond anymore to the Phenobarbital? Normally one has to check the Phenobarbital level in his blood first, before changing the medicine but nobody can do that test here . . .

Anybody! If any veterinarian out there in cyberspace has any idea, please contact us.

Love to everyone.

Gudrun

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