Another new arrival: a poorly Macaque

Trip Start Jun 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 08, 2011

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Friday, October 8, 2010

    A couple of days ago, the staff at the project were called out to rescue a Macaque that had fallen from a coconut tree whilst working picking coconuts. He had fallen and hit his head and was unable to move at all. He was brought into the project, so that we could take care of him and nurse him back to health.

    Today, I started feeding him with small bits of soft fruit on a stick (to keep my hands away from his huge canines). He's quite big in size, almost a metre in length, so larger than any of the gibbons we have here. It’s quite distressing to watch him, as he’s slumped over in a heap and unable to move his legs. He has a few injuries to his head but the main concern is the lack of movement in his hands and lower body. He can’t sit up straight, so he just lies there all day. The good news is that, as opposed to yesterday, he seems to have more energy and a good appetite today. As he ate, he looked at me curiously, and the expressions on his face were so human-like... Now and then he makes little noises, as if he’s trying to speak, and the way he clears his throat kept catching me off-guard - if I didn’t know any better I could swear he was about to talk! It’s amazing how similar to humans they are. I hope he recovers soon but we won’t know the full extent of any damage for a little while. We’re due to leave the project the end of next week, but I hope we can see some progress before we leave. My fingers are crossed for him...
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