In the past few days, we have received 2 new arrivals. On Sunday, the 30th of September, we received a male small-spotted genet, who is approximately 2 months old. At a factory in Douala, they had been sawing trees, and discovered a mother genet with two babies. The mother fell to the floor and escaped, and one baby had been injured by the saw blade. The injured baby was taken to a veterinarian and euthanasia was used due to the nature of the injuries. The second baby, who had been named Ozzy, was brought to us, and we are currently bringing him home every night and feeding milk every few hours. Once he is weaned and strong enough, he will be released back into the wild.
Small-spotted genets are found throughout Africa, and are a solitary species. They have spotted bodies and a long black and white ringed tail, as well as retractable claws. Their diet consists mainly of small mammals and insects, including bats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, millipedes, and centipedes.
This morning, the 3rd of October, a man brought in a dwarf crocodile that he found on his farm. He kept the crocodile for 2 days before bringing it in, and had tied the mouth shut with wire and the feet behind the crocodile’s back with rope.
The crocodile was examined by our vet team, and the ropes and wire were removed. His legs were quite stiff from being tied behind his back for 2 days, and he is not able to move them well. We have placed him on painkillers and are currently observing him in quarantine to make sure that his movement improves.
As soon as we are sure that he is healthy, the dwarf crocodile will be released into the wild.