31 Jan '17, 3pm

WWF leads snare removal from injured female gorilla

Wusa and her baby. Wusa's hand was swollen from the metal snare, making mobility and caring for her infant difficult. WWF Primate Habitation Program staff alerted veterinary colleagues about the snare by email and phone. Dr. Christopher Whittier departed Boston the next day and once in the CAR joined the PHP team to find Wusa. Together, they tracked the gorilla for a day and a half before finally getting close enough to administer anesthetic. With a new baby and a human-caused injury, Wusa was understandably very guarded and stuck closely to the group’s silverback gorilla leader, Mata. Initially, Wusa immediately ran away after being darted, with trackers scrambling to find her. As the immobilization drugs began to take effect, Mata became very upset and was trying to protect Wusa, but eventually retreated with Wusa’s baby under his protection. The trackers monitored Mata ...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/wwf-leads-snare-remo...

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