Update on Merrynea, Romut and Kamilo
Last week we told you about our most recent slow loris rescues, Merrynea, Romut and Kamilo. Merrynea (pictured left) is responding very well to treatment. She was extremely thin when she was brought into the centre but she has been eating her new nutritious diet and already her body weight is up. She has been introduced to another Sumatran slow loris called Dari and they are getting along very well. She is still quite aggressive to humans, which stands her in good stead for a successful rehabilitation and release back to the wild.
Unfortunately Romut (pictured here) was brought to the centre in a very poor condition and has been diagnosed with multiple benign tumours all over his body. Some of these tumours are infected so he is being treated with antibiotics. He also has a metabolic bone disease, a weakening of the bones which sadly is very serious.
It is highly likely Romut has this condition because he was taken from the wild and raised in captivity on the wrong kind of diet and without the necessary environmental stimuli such as exposure to sunlight. Romut has put on weight thanks to the correct diet our carers have been giving him and we will continue to keep Romut more comfortable with painkillers, vitamins and minerals. Please help us restore Romut to health and give him the security and the freedom to make his life worth living. After all he has suffered, it’s the least we can do.
Kamilo was the most healthy of the three slow lorises when he was brought to the centre. At first he was unsure of the new, nutritious diet but has now totally adapted to the new diet and the team are really pleased with his body condition.
All three slow lorises have had to have dental extractions. This is necessary because tragically the teeth are left so badly damaged by the pet traders when they cut them. The fractured teeth are excruciatingly painful and if left will become infected, putting the animals in grave danger of losing their lives.
We would hope that Kamilo and Merrynea can be returned to the wild when they have been fully rehabilitated and the team has found a suitable release site. However it is likely that poor Romut will never be suitable for release because of his joint and bone problems and so faces a lifetime of treatment and care at our centre.
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