Friday, September 11, 2009

New arrivals, Civets!

Civet babies on arrival

On the 18th of August we were told by the ICCN to expect the arrival of a civet that afternoon. No other details were known except that the civet was coming from Lulingu by airplane. We began looking for suitable housing and food so that we would be ready for when the animal arrived. When the ICCN representative arrived he was carrying a small basket and inside it were three baby civets. They were so young that their eyes were closed most of the time, they were very unstable on their feet and they could not eat solid food. We are not well equipped for caring for animals such as these dogs like omnivores at Centre for rehabilitation of Primates in Lwiro. However, we always give the best care we are able, to any animal that arrives. As they were so small we decided it best that they stay in the house to be cared for around the clock. They were receiving three hourly milk feeds day and night.

Almost a month on, the three baby civets are doing very well. They have grown tremendously, have their eyes open and bright and run around a lot. They are still receiving milk feeds regularly and yesterday we began offering small amounts of meat. They now spend the day in a small make-shift yard, but still sleep inside at nights.

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