I have been thinking about sending you an email many times, but as I lost my camera . . . actually, the monkeys stole and destroyed it . . . I thought “I have no new pictures, I’ll write when I have a new camera.”
At the Animal Orphanage, the new year started with a sick tapir—Lukas had been bitten by vampire bats, and did’t get better, even so the vet checked on him. We built a stable to protect him from the bats at night. Bloodtests finally showed that his red blood cells were getting destroyed by something unknown—we treated him against blood parasites, but it wouldn’t help, and 2 weeks ago,he finally died. It’s very sad, especially as we still don’t know what exactly killed him. The necropsie was done, but still nobody knows what distroyed the blood cells—a virus, an unknown parasite?
Next week I’ll get a little ocelot (above) from the ecological police. They confiscated it three weeks ago; first I said no, I won’t take it, don’t want another cat, but then I thought, there’s no place for him here at the zoo, the vet cannot keep in any longer than next week, and as I don’t have to spend any money on Lukas now, I decided to take the little cat as soon as it’s able to come.
I just visited the ocelot at the vet’s—it was very sick on Sunday, beginning pneumonia, but fortuntely now it’s better and playful again.
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Here’s some very good news for us! We can now recieve donations through another NGO, called AMAZON CARES.
Amazon Cares was created by an American woman called Molly and they have been doing a VERY good job catching, healing, neutering and adopting street dogs and cats in Iquitos.
If anybody wants to donate to Pilpintuwasi, they can do it through AMAZON CARES —Molly has put a link on their website and we get the money without losing a lot through bank transfers. Besides, as Amazon Cares is registered as an official NGO, donors will have paperwork needed for tax writeoffs . . .
Well, now I will go and look for a camera— there’s a shop where they have one good camera, and they told me it would be cheaper in February. If I can, I’ll get that and send new pictures.
It’s very hard for me to do the work without Robler’s help, and whenever I’m in town I’m in a terrible hurry because there are lots of things I should do, but I have to be back at Pilpintuwasi at the latest at 4pm, because that’s when my workers leave, and afterwards I’m alone in charge of everybody and everything. But that’s not an excuse.
Chavo is still with us—but the problem with her epilepsie is increasing. We have changed the Fenobarbitral for Valprax, but this new drug doesn’t seem to help at all.
I hope everyone had nice and peaceful Holidays, and, although it’s quite late in the year, I still wish you all the best for 2010-that it brings a lot of joy, success, and overall, that you and your family stay healthy. And I hope you are able to come and visit one day, not too far from now.
Best wishes and all my love,