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Baby Marmoset

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A marmoset drinks milk from the Botanical and Zoological Foundation of Barranquilla underwent surgery at the Veterinary and Zootechnical Center (CVZ) of the CES University of Medellín, in a highly complex procedure performed by surgeons, anesthesiologists, sonographers and students of the University and that had the support of the agreement between the Metropolitan Area of Valle de Aburrá and Corantioquia.

The juvenile primate of the speciesLeontocebus fnscnsHe is a new addition to the zoo, which is why he was placed in a quarantine zone where he was diagnosed with an internal parasite called prosthenorchis. These worms, as they develop in your gut, could break or block your gut, both of which are usually deadly. Removal of the invading organisms was therefore necessary and represented a medical challenge, due to the small size of the 9-month-old marmoset, which only weighs 220 grams.

The procedure lasted two hours, in which two adult parasites were extracted, and later, the animal was transferred to the facilities of the Center for Attention and Assessment of Wild Fauna of the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, where it recovered for two weeks with specialized care and restricted diet and later returned to the collection of the Botanical and Zoological Foundation of Barranquilla.

This entity of the arenosa fulfills a fundamental task in raising awareness and educating the public to avoid the illegal possession of wildlife as pets, being an ally of the environmental authority by receiving animals that cannot return to their natural environment, but have in the collection a chance of life. This is the case of two spider monkeys that this year entered this space to contribute to the knowledge of this Colombian species, vulnerable to extinction.

The milk-drinking marmoset is a species of primate found in the Colombian Amazon area and is categorized as Least Concern (LC) according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it lives in groups of 2 to 8 individuals and It consumes all kinds of food, such as fruits, insects, nectar, seeds, and small vertebrates.

Thanks to the facilities and the human team of the CVZ of the CES University, similar procedures are carried out daily on animals that are under the custody of environmental authorities such as Corantioquia and the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, based on agreements that have been held for 10 years and seek to care for animals that are victims of illegal trafficking or that are injured in accidents and episodes of abuse, in addition to generating high-impact educational strategies in urban and rural communities.

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