Two other quick updates for everyone:
A few weeks ago, we had a scary incident at Pilpintuwasi.
Lisa, one of our juvenile female red uakari monkeys broke her ankle. She was taken to the vet in Iquitos, and x-rays confirmed the break.
In some cases, this could heal on its own with rest, but Lisa had a fracture just above her ankle and the bone was threatening to break the skin.
Dr. Miguel, our trusted veterinarian, was able to fix the break with 3 small pins, and Lisa fared very well through the surgery. She has the pins in for 3 weeks, and then will be undergoing physical therapy exercises to regain full use of her toes.
These events have not lowered Lisa`s spirits in the slightest, and she has showed great strength and bravery throughout this scary time for her. Lisa was, as far as I know, the smallest uakari to arrive at Pilpintuwasi at only a few hundred grams.
Used to special attention as the baby of the bunch, she is relishing in the extra attention she has been getting due to her injury.
In other news, I also have to announce my departure from Padre Cocha. After a year in Iquitos, I am taking a break to head home and visit my family and figure out what the future holds. I will be doing what I can for Pilpintuwasi in the meantime, but we may not have such regular blog updates for a little while.
Please be patient with us!