Zoo animals rescued following Soudelor
Taipei City Zoo officials have created an intensive care unit for young animals injured after Typhoon Soudelor swept through Taiwan more than one week ago.
Fortunately for these tiny animals, the Forestry Bureau had already allocated equipment in preparation for the wild animals’ unexpected injuries, including round-the-clock care and feeding.
Among the injured animals under 24-hour surveillance, two twoweek-old Taiwanese blue magpies along with their nest were swept from their branch in the zoo’s Australian area. Both birds are reported to be in improved condition, despite one being 10 grams lighter than the other. Zoo officials said that the magpies, despite not being cared for by their biological parents, are grooming one another’s feathers and ingesting normal amounts of food. While initially frightened and sensitive to the sound of approaching human caretakers, the young birds soon began clamoring to be fed. Officials say that their digestive systems are also operating normally.
While clearing the numerous fallen trees from the grounds, zoo officials were alerted to whimpering sounds later found originating from a small masked palmed civet, its eyes not having yet opened. As is standard operating procedure, the animal was tested and vaccinated for canine distemper and rabies, and was also given injections of salt in order to prevent further dehydration. The civet is also currently undergoing 24-hour observation.
Both the magpies and the civet are not endangered or threatened species in the wild.
The typhoon, which packed severe winds and heavy rain, resulted in damage to the zoo totaling an estimated NT$40 million (approximately US$1.23 million). Many trees in the zoo, acting as suitable habitats for many of its inhabitants, were ripped from their roots or lost branches by Soudelor.
(Above) A small masked palmed civet (paguma larvata) is being cared for by Taipei City Zoo officials, yesterday. The civet was discovered in the grass among fallen trees after Typhoon Soudelor caused major damage to the grounds and prefabricated habitats of many residing animals. (Right) Two infant Taiwan blue magpies (Urocissa caerulea) clamor for food at Taipei Zoo, yesterday. The birds’ nest was knocked over by typhoon winds more than a week ago. The birds were rescued by zoo officials and put under 24-hour observation. Both birds are now in stable condition.