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Electrocuted Infant Howler Rescue and Rehabilitation

Sebastian was rescued in April when our team received a call from staff at a local restaurant in Esperanza. Sebastian had been eating mangoes from a tree on a nearby residential street when he climbed onto uninsulated power lines. He had a deep wound on the bridge of his nose, burns on his hands, and a huge torn muscle on his right arm.

Sebastian was very scared and climbed high into the trees behind the houses. It was a very hard rescue and took us more than half an hour to capture him. He was too young to be left on his own and he wasn’t using his arm to climb – we could see the blood – we knew it would become infected without our help. Each time our rescue expert Jonathan Diaz climbed the tree Sebastian was in, Sebastian would jump into another. Eventually, we successfully knocked Sebastian out of the tree tops using our rescue pole and our veterinarian, Dr. Francisco Sánchez Murillo caught him in a blanket.

At the Refuge clinic, Dr. Fran found that the wound to Sebastian’s arm was extremely deep and could not be sutured – it needed to heal from the inside out. Thankfully Sebastian’s injuries healed very well and without any complications. Within a few months, Sebastian joined the 22 other young orphans in our infant nursery. Because he’s an older infant, he tends to stay with the orphans his age who like to play on the highest bamboo platforms.

3 months after Sebastian’s rescue, Henry, who we released in August, was injured at the same location. Our local ICE team trimmed the trees and have plans to raise the power cables (which cannot be replaced at this time) so they are high above the trees and cannot be reached by wildlife.

Everyone at Refuge for Wildlife is glad that mango season is now over as this is the time of the year when we receive the most emergency calls. Howlers absolutely love mangoes and will do anything to reach them including running across busy roads, entering properties with attack dogs, fighting with other troops and climbing on dangerous power lines.

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