After the successful release of Rosy last week (http://bit.ly/2DTSjHu), we received a phone call from the Phetchaburi Livestock Department. This time it is a male long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) who had been found on the side of the road, probably hit by a car and who could not use his legs.
The WFFT Rescue Team went directly to the livestock office where the macaque was waiting.
At their arrival, it is a half-paralyzed old monkey that the WFFT Team faced. The long-tailed macaque (who do not have any tail by the way, and who has been called Hang Kud for that reason) was unable to move his lower limb from the hip. Hang Kud was not receptive to any stimulation on his feet, however, he didn’t have any wounds. He was taken to a veterinary clinic to perform an x-ray. To do so safely, Hang Kud was sedated. Luckily, the x-ray revealed nothing was broken!
Once the Rescue Team came back at the center, the Vet Team performed full health check. The condition of his teeth indicates that he his rather old. Generally he is in good physical condition. For this reason, and regarding the x-ray, the theory of a car accident was less and less considered as an option. It could be a spinal problem that did not appear on the x-ray or even a birth defect.
For the moment the monkey is in quarantine at WFFT Wildlife Hospital. He is under the close supervision of the Vet Team which will be able to observe how Hang Kud is doing by himself.
We will keep you updated on his progress.