Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Sakina and Grace are both doing great! They eat a lot and play with eachother and their caregivers. Sakina is almost twice the size of Grace so she can be a bit much for him, therfore they have two caregivers like that one can play with Sakina while Grace needs a cuddle. Sakinas nose i a bit better, but still a bit swollen. We belive it is an infection from a tooth, so she might need to be anestetized to pull out the tooth before it can get properly well.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
On the 14th of August we heard from the Director of GRACE sanctuary, Jim Desmond that he had found a baby chimpanzee in need of a home in Butembo. The little male had already been confiscated and was being cared for by a veterinarian in Butembo who cares for some confiscated monkeys. The vet was doing all he could for the little chimpanzee, while looking for some help to arrange an appropriate home. Jim (along with Luitzen Santman, formally JGI, The Netherlands) very quickly organised the appropriate transfer papers and had the little chimp underway the next day. ‘GRACE’ arrived with Luitzen after having travelled from Butembo to Goma via airplane and then Goma to Bukavu by boat. He then had another 2 hour drive to the sanctuary.
Grace is very small, but already has his canine teeth, so is over 12 months old. He seems in good health and has a very big personality. He will spend a month in quarantine with Sakina Dungu and Mama Dorcas.
Thankyou to Jim from GRACE sanctuary, Luitzen and all of the ICCN teams who worked so hard to coordinate this very quick movement.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sakina is around 2 to 3 years old and is very thin. She also has an advanced infection around her nose. This may have stemmed from a tooth infection, but the veterinarian will explore this once she has settled in. For now, Sakina will start a course of antibiotics, have access to good food and clean water and be cared for by Mama Dorcas. After her one month quarantine, Sakina will be integrated into the infant chimpanzee cage.
Sakina on arrival
Carmen removing the cord around her neck.
Sakina Dungu today, still sad...
Her nose is swollen due to infection