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Vets Hard At Work: Three Stories Of Animal Survival At Rescate

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A female howler monkey receives treatment at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center’s vets and vet interns are always hard at work helping wild animals brought to our sanctuary.

Some animals are discovered by good samaritans, and others are illegally kept or transported.

Three recent animal stories of healing and courage

Trafficked Baby Titi Monkeys

On June 7th, 15 black-fronted titi monkeys were brought to Rescate Wildlife Animal Center. These trafficked animals were being transported in a plastic box on a bus.

When the monkeys arrived, they were dehydrated with low blood sugar levels. The mother monkeys were not accepting the babies, possibly due to the stress they were under. The team of veterinarians worked tirelessly to save all of the monkeys, but one of them unfortunately passed.

After being treated, the team is hopeful that the mothers will begin to care for their young once more.

Following successful treatment, these young animals will be released back into the wild.

Animal trafficking is a serious issue. If you know anyone engaging in this illegal practice, report it by calling the local Costa Rican number #1192.

Electrocuted, Pregnant Howler Monkey

About two weeks ago, a pregnant adult female howler monkey was brought to our center. She had been electrocuted, most likely from climbing on power lines.

Because of habitat destruction, animals like howler monkeys travel on electric cables, which result in these injuries.

The monkey suffered severe burns on her left hand, right leg, and tail. She was also in her third trimester of pregnancy. Fortunately, our team was able to stabilize her and her unborn baby.

Chronically-Injured Barn Owl

A chronically-injured barn owl was transferred to our center from a state zoo. Due to a fracture in his right leg, the owl places most of his weight on his right leg.

Rescate vets treated his bumble foot, and he is being observed. The owl is able to make short flights, but due to these chronic injuries, he will not be released.

This animal will instead become a permanent resident of Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center!

Are you interested in helping Costa Rican wildlife?

If you want to be involved in helping animals like the ones described in this article, and you’re studying to be a veterinarian, check out our Vet Internship program!

If you love animals but are not studying to be a vet, check out our other internship opportunities.

**written by volunteer Lisa Martens

Would you like to get involved yourself?

Become an Intern and have a unique wildlife experience.

Veterinary Internship

Veterinary interns work directly with our highly experienced veterinarian and our rehabilitation staff. You will assist with with animal intakes, exams, treatments, surgeries, feeding and record keeping.

Wildlife Internship​

Work hands-on in the Lifetime Care Sanctuary, Endangered Species Breeding Center and the Rescue Center, feeding animals, conducting behavioral research, and creating enriching experiences for our non-releasable animals or even clicker train our Jaguar „Guapo“.

Road to freedom Internship

This internship gives you the unique opportunity to not only see, but to play an active part in what we call: The Road to Freedom. Aid the animals in their release, monitor and research them and their second chance at life in the wild, the final step on their Road to Freedom.

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