feline being treated by a team of veterinarians

Photography: AMVA / Corantioquia / U.CES agreement

An ocelot victim of illegal trafficking and captivity was released in the Magdalena Medio of Antioquia, after a one-year rehabilitation process, executed by agreements between the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, Corantioquia, the CES University and the Precoodes Cooperative. The cat of the Leopardus pardalis species was fitted with a satellite telemetry tracking collar, which has revealed that it is still alive and moving in the forest.

This individual of the wild fauna was found by a family in eastern Antioquia when he was still a youngster, who kept him in captivity for six months on their farm, where he lived with dogs and cats and fed on concentrate. The ocelot, still infant, was voluntarily delivered by its holders in January 2020 to the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley in the municipality of Envigado.

Use of satellite to know movements

The tracking device was installed on the feline's neck prior to its release, and is designed to emit a location signal every four hours, which allows to know the amount, places and range of movements that this ocelot makes. The collar is programmed to automatically unfasten when 6 months of tracking are completed.

After the first 20 days of monitoring, the feline has moved 8 kilometers through well-preserved forest areas that are its natural range, where it can find prey, water sources and sufficient vegetation to move and take refuge. The exercise is complemented with awareness raising with the surrounding communities, in order to prevent the animal from being attacked or recaptured.

This was his treatment and rehabilitation

Upon admission to the Center for Attention and Assessment of Wild Fauna, operated by an agreement between the Metropolitan Area and the CES University, the feline barely weighed 3 kilograms. Professionals and technicians evaluated his state of health, carried out laboratory tests to determine if he carried infectious diseases that could be transmitted by domestic cats and dogs, and ensured his well-being and isolation until the moment of his release. The

ocelot had intestinal parasites and abundant fleas, for which the respective treatment was given. For a year, the wild animal underwent a rehabilitation process with which it was sought to learn the behaviors that its mother had to teach it naturally.

Expert personnel in biology, veterinary medicine, zootechnics and operators participated in this process aimed at helping the ocelot learn to identify and get its food, find shelter and avoid situations that put its life at risk. It was also essential to generate behavior of repulsion and flight from the human presence, in order to prevent him from being captured again or from going to homes in search of food. At the time of its release, the ocelot was already a sub-adult of 8 kilograms, it was in perfect health and showed all the behaviors it needs to survive in its natural habitat.

For further advice, to report or denounce cases of wildlife in vulnerable situations, we share our attention lines:

Metropolitan Area of Valle de Aburrá: Cel. 3046300090.

Corantioquia: Tel. 4938888 - Cel. 3146784273.

National Police: Tel. 123

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