Rainsong 2: Electrocutions
Trip Start May 10, 2010
13Trip End Jun 16, 2010
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Went to work this morning after having a splendid and much needed two days off with my roomies Molly, Sherri, Amber, Jen, and Christa and found a great discovery
In other news: We have a jaguar and two cubs living in the forest behind the Rainsong farm! Apparently the mother jaguar put a hole through our white tailed deer fawns enclosure in hope of food for its young, but our fawn hopped the fence. He was found two days later with only a few scratches, and was returned to Rainsong and put into a locked and roofed enclosure.
ELECTROCUTIONS! My main work here at Rainsong:
Last night's worknight ended with an eventful tragedy. Two locals brought in twin baby howler monkeys to Rainsong who were found still attached to their dead electrocuted mothers back. We guessed them to be about 2 or 3 months old. One had minor burn marks on all hands and feet and part of her tail
The next day, three other volunteers and I were in charge of their care. We washed Thumbelina's burn marks and put anti-bacterial cream on her fingers, toes, and tail. We constantly observed them and made sure they were not licking off the cream. Every two hours, we syringe-fed them. Two other volunteers drove to a nearby town, Montezuma, and bought two stuffed monkeys to act as a comfort for the babies. They cried out a lot and seem to still be in shock, although they are doing a bit better.
Animal electrocutions are serious and can be extremely fatal. In just 5 years, Costa Rica has lost just under 50% of its monkey population due to electrocutions! The government is simply not willing to spend money on materials needed to insulate telephone wires or to build proper monkey bridges. If I knew how to end this, and insulate or build my own, and if I had way more time here I would make this project a major focus of mine. It sucks to know all of this and not be able to do much about it.