Zoo an­i­mals res­cued fol­low­ing Soude­lor

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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