October 25, 2009

A Monkey, A Macaw and Two Successful Jungle Surgeries

As I discussed in yesterday´s blog, the extreme documentary film crew featuring Worldwide Vet Luke Gamble visited the Amazon Animal Orphanage.  The Animal Orphange is an Official Temporary Custody Center for illegally traded and captured wildlife.  I stayed out of sight while the crew worked, grateful for the opportunity to think and revel in amazement at the surroundings. The howler monkeys were making quite a racket, and not at all what I expected.  Their howls were low and loud growls that seemed to come from a much larger animal.

Though I take many CARES volunteers to the Butterfly Farm and Animal Orphanage, there is always some tidbit I come away with that I did not know before. Today, some of what I learned was very sad.  Many people capture monkeys to trade or to keep as pets.  When doing so, they commit a very inhumane act against these poor monkeys.  They cut their front molars so that the monkeys won´t bite them.  They do it with no regard for the pain of the monkey.  Imagaine the pain of having two teeth broken in half, with all the nerves exposed.

A poor monkey at the animal orphanage has suffered from chronic dental pain for years.  Her gums and teeth are constantly infected, as the infection has no place to drain off due to half her tooth being left inside each socket.  To the amazement of many, Luke performed very delicate dental surgery and cleanly extracted the two tooth remnants from the monkey!

The day also featured the removal of a tumor from a beautiful, brightly colored Macaw.

Now we are off on our river voyage on "La Neñita" for four days.  Thank you Dr. Devon Graham of http://www.projectamazonas.org/ for always being generous and providing services to Amazon CARES at cost.

To learn more this exciting documentary which will feature Amazon CARES, visit Red Earth Studios.


  1. They remove brain tumors from McCaws?? Your vet's are the best!!!

  2. Sorry for any misunderstanding, but the tumour was removed from a wounded wing bone, not the macaws brain! That surgery would cause so much stress to the bird it would have a low chance of survival.


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