Junior back on high

Great news this week is that we’ve been able to release a fully fit Junior back with his friends, Kouze is especially happy to have Junior back. Thanks again to Drs Sorn and Andrew Routh for their lifesaving surgery. The experience does not seem to have frightened Junior at all, this is one of the first photos we were able to get of him in the enclosures!

As we told you in the last post, Urgent underwent her first detailed health check under sedation last week and the results are good. Her blood is healthy and level of internal parasites much reduced. She’s still adjusting to the major change in her life, after 8 years at the end of a 1 metre chain she’s encountering a lot of new things at Tacugama. Although in quarantine, she can hear and see many other chimpanzees that did not exist in her previous life. Urgent is very friendly but still a bit unsettled and we’re now keeping a close eye on her grooming as she’s taken to plucking some of her hair. We’re hopeful that this is a passing phase in her adjustment.

Urgent under sedation

Tombo and Mac are settling in well. Tombo is now a big fan of her hammock having mastered the art of using it! She also had her first full health check this week and apart from slight anaemia is also doing well. Mac has discovered food in a big way and we now have to make sure he doesn’t eat too much, he really enjoys his bottle of milk. As you can imagine Mama Posseh has been really busy so Dr Rosa’s assistant, Juliana, has been lending a hand too. Mama Juliana has joined Tacugama to develop her laboratory skills and assist in Dr Rosa’s veterinary work. Being with Mac is a good contrast to the time that she’s spending learning laboratory practice. We thought you’d like the pictures of Mac below, we’ll have some of Tombo next time.

Mac – looking a little happier than a week ago!
Juliana and Mac (it’s cooler here now in the rainy season)
Juliana, Mac and Posseh
Mac finishes his milk
Posseh and Mac (resting after a hard morning!)

Thanks for the latest donation from WildatArt, Mac and Tombo will make good use of it!

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  1. Posted July 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the updates, Bala. Junior looks completely unfazed by his accident and recovery. I hope Urgent will adjust soon to life with other chimps and not pluck out too much of her hair. As for little Mac … what a sweet baby. Bless the mamas for all their hard work and time taking care of Mac and Tombo.


  2. Wanda, Atlanta
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Seems Urgent would naturally be a little intimidated by the others I guess – maybe she will get the hang of it before she is bald! Can’t say enough about the cuteness of Mac – and he looks so perky now!

  3. Annie
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Glad to know Urgent will be ok…….these pictures are adorable! Yes, thanks to the foster moms for taking care of these babies! Mac is adorable!

  4. Billy Murphy
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    im glad junior made it :))))))))))) x 10

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