Thailand: Electrocuted Macaque Sparkie Returns Home
4th February 2016;
‘Sparkie’ the Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) returns home after spending the past 6 months recovering at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. Back in August of last year he was electrocuted after climbing on exposed power lines, he then fell into a busy road and collided with a moving vehicle. He sustained terrible burns over the most of his body, the damage to his right leg was irreversible so the WFFT Vet Team made the decision to amputate it. After spending months in recovery at WFFT he has made a great recovery and the best thing for this special little boy is to return to his homeland.
The Long-tailed Macaque is listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species, in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas. Although it is under heavy hunting pressure for the pet trade, meat, sport and trophies, this is not considered a major threat to the species overall. Females are often taken into breeding facilities and males are exported internationally primarily for use in laboratory research. They are regularly persecuted as pests. Habitat loss is also a localised threat, but the species can persist in a variety of habitats and is very adaptable.
Upon arrival to his home Sparkie recognized the area instantly, the transport cage was opened and off he ran into the forest. This is a great outcome as more often than not burn victims are fatally injured. See his rescue story here: http://on.fb.me/1TF8YiL
Thailand: Slow Loris dies shortly after arrival
20th January 2016;
A few days ago a Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) was brought for urgent medical treatment. He had been found in the garden of a concerned local who had kept him for 1 month prior contacting us. Sadly he died shortly after arrival. The results of the postmortem found that he had suffered from some kind of impaction as he was bleeding internally, this may have been caused by a vehicle collision or attack by humans or feral domestic animals. Rest in peace little one.
Another electrocution victim…
27th December 2015;
Yesterday we received a call about a critically injured Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis). The WFFT Wildlife Rescue Team rushed to the aid of this injured animal that had been found by some concerned local people, unable to move near a busy road. After being electrocuted by exposed power lines he had fallen to the ground. He was rushed directly to the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent care. Having endured horrific burns to each of his feet, hands and limbs, the injuries were too severve to save this little soul. Sadly this happens all too often in Thailand, exposed electricity cables throughout the country severely injure and kill thousands of wild animals every year. Rest in peace little one.
Thailand: It was too late to save this Kalij Pheasant
15th December 2015;
A male Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos crawfurdi) was brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent treatment after being found in a farmer’s field in a very fragile state, close to the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. We found bruises on his breast and an injury to his foot; it appears he may have had a collision with something. Sadly it was to late to save this beautiful bird, he passed away shortly after arriving.