We’ve taken in so many birds and animals in the last months that we’ve run out of enclosures. We won’t overcrowd the animals so we’ve had to say no to MINAE a few times when they wanted to bring us orphan animals. If you would like to help us build some new enclosures, please click the DONATE button on the right.
SPECTACLED OWL, FEATHERS
This lovely spectacled owl, named Feathers by local children, came to us from the Caribbean coast. She had been found injured and was taken to the local police station.
Days went by, and different shifts of police came and went forgetting to call MINAET
She spent four days with no food or water, and in pain before someone remembered to call MINAET. MINAET picked her up immediately to pick her up and drove her several hours to us.(Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Technology) to come and pick her up.
We started fluid therapy right away since she was so dehydrated. And along every stop of the way via Skype and email was our good friend, Jenny from nativebirds.org, guiding us through her care.
At first, it was touch-and-go, we weren’t sure if Feathers was going to survive. Leslie was up at 3 a.m. each morning giving her fluids and trying to get her to eat some food. Feathers was a very good patient and cooperated. We had to perform a partial amputation on her wing, and there’s only partial vision in one eye. She has done very well and has now joined our other spectacled owls in a large aviary.
Jorge and a film crew from Sweden who have been at the Ranch filming a documentary that were asked by MINAET (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Technology) if they could film MINAET going into houses to rescue animals. A swat team, the MINAET crew, Jorge and the film crew went into backyard warehouse/camp and rescued a kinkajou, who they named Max after the soundman from the film crew. The kinkajou, Max ,had been living in an old washing machine, chained up in a tree branch with not enough length on the chain to reach the ground. The collar around his neck was so tight, it was restricting his eating and movement and had to be cut off. Consequently, Max was emaciated when rescued, very weak, having some muscle difficulties, and his neck had been damaged from the collar. We began his road to recovery by feeding him some bananas (our Kinkajou, Jou Jou’s favorite) and Max began eating like there was no tomorrow. Now Max is eating very well and doing so much better. It will take several months for his recovery, but he is on the right track!
TWO-TOED SLOTH, NATALIE
Natalie was found in a construction site, a problem of the deforestation and population growth here in Costa Rica. She is one of the smallest sloths we have received. Unfortunately, the people that picked her up and started taking care of her gave her cow’s milk trying to help her, not knowing that sloths are not able to digest it. Consequently, little Natalie had a few very rough days, but has been on the mend, eating and drinking goats milk and beginning to thrive. Natalie has been named after the Swedish documentary film troupes director.