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Chakishca, the 8-month-old orphan cougar

A rescued cougar, 8 months old, with an uncertain future thanks to the invasion and destruction of its habitat by humans. A story in collaboration with Fundación Cóndor Andino Ecuador, Universidad UTE, Hospital veterinario Planeta Vida, BMC & Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional ? Activate english subtitles.

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It is very likely that the mother was murdered.

Due to conflicts with these animals, people murder their parents.

It was only known that she was under illegal possession.

In the Amaru bio-park we could already detect that there were some abnormalities in terms of the animal’s health.

She hadn’t been fed well for some time. Her body condition is very low, equal to the size she should be at this age of 6, 7 months, she is small.

The body condition of the animal, the injuries it has on the tarsus and the scar on its neck makes us think that this animal was in captivity for a long time.

That this other version of her being chained or strapped could be true. In medical terms it would be equivalent to suppose a contact dermatitis, by rubbing of a structure that surrounded the neck.

None of these hatchlings should have made it into captivity.

These pups have lost the learning stage that they normally have with their parents. His mother mainly teaches him how to get food. Survival, hunting, behavioral methods that are essential for them to function in free life.

If she is released without that knowledge and even worse with the fact that she believes that the human is her benefactor of food and protection, it would be terrible because as soon as she sees a human, she may approach in search of food or in search of refuge and that human being misinterprets this and rather defends himself with attempts to kill her again.

It is very difficult for a calf taken from the natural habitat to be reintroduced.

We transferred the pumice from the Ilitío Rescue Center to the Planeta Vida hospital in order to be able to carry out a better evaluation of its health. By taking the x-rays, we were able to find that he indeed had a fracture of the calcaneus which is one of the bones in his heel.

Based on all these findings, it was decided that she would need orthopedic surgery.

There are many ways in which you can help the conservation of the puma and other wildlife: reduce your daily meat consumption as this prevents further deforestation of habitats for livestock production. When we don’t dump garbage on the streets, we have a recycling process in our homes.

Having our pets sterilized since many of them become abandoned and as they become wilder they come into conflict with our wildlife.

Teach people to keep forests intact. There the prey animals will proliferate. The wild animal will feed on these animals and will not have to go down to the commoners’ properties.

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