Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
Call of the Wild
Cub "not out of the woods yet"
By Menita Prasad, BSc., Animal Care, GVZOO
A cougar cub, separated from its mother, was put into the care of the Greater Vancouver Zoo in Abbotsford.
The cub was transported to the Greater Vancouver Zoo in the hopes of receiving a promising future. The zoo’s animal care team’s first priority was to evaluate the cub’s health and to provide him with everything he needed to make a strong and speedy recovery.
“We are very thankful that the BC Conservation Officer Service got him when they did,” says Greater Vancouver Zoo veterinarian Dr. Bruce Burton, “Any later may have been too late for this little fella.”
initial examination, the cub appeared to be in reasonable shape.
He appeared thin but was eating and drinking,” Dr. Burton says.
“Once strong enough, we were able to sedate him for a more
thorough examination. He has damage to the tips of his ears due
to frost bite, sores on his hind limbs most likely from the
conditions he was surviving in, was underweight and dehydrated.
We cleaned him up and treated him with fluid therapy and
antibiotics. He responded well to the treatment and seems to be
improving but is not out of the woods yet.”
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