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#368268 - 02/21/10 05:26 PM Anteater in distress
elbert Offline
A Tamandua or Collared Anteater is laying on the ground at behind Journeys End, I'm sure he could use some medical assistance. Saga is closed and I'm not sure they would be interested anyway. i feel for the guy, no cuts but he seems to prefer to lay with his eyes closed and wont move unless touched.
This guy has a huge set of claws and i'm frankly a little afraid of what he could do to me if i try and move him to the vet.
Has Saga got an emergency #?
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#368269 - 02/21/10 05:29 PM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: elbert]
pamkillen Offline
Call Peter 226 3825, maybe he and Lori will come up.

#368270 - 02/21/10 05:29 PM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: elbert]
pamkillen Offline
Call Peter 226 3825, maybe he and Lori will come up.

#368271 - 02/21/10 05:35 PM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: elbert]
elbert Offline
I think he has had a run in with some dogs , probably last night. dog tracks and churned up sand like a fight took place. poor guy. no blood but hes not walking.
Cute has hell critter!

Edited by elbert (02/21/10 05:41 PM)
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#368272 - 02/21/10 05:35 PM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: pamkillen]
Gaz Cooper Offline
Be very careful they can do severe damage with those claws they rear up on 2 legs spread there arms and use the claws as defense

So be very careful if you handle it

#368340 - 02/22/10 06:34 AM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: Gaz Cooper]
Rigrat Offline
Anteaters are very easy to handle. Just take a towel and throw it over the animal. Then wrap it up and you will be able to lift it up. If it is injured it may very well like to have a drink of water, and be moved to somewhere quiet.
Don't worry too much about those claws. They look threatening but they are not razor sharp. They hurt most when they close them on your skin in a sort of closing penknife manner and the tip can pierce the skin or give you a painful pinch. Apart from that they have no teeth and rely on producing a bad smell.
I cared for one for several months until it could be released a week ago. They are very difficult to keep as they are natural haemophiliacs and will often bleed to death internally if they don't get Vitamin K.
If this critter is still alive they will sometimes eat rotten fruit such as banana and oranges. Apart from that they go for termites nests with the white or orange termites. They have brief goes at the big black termites but quickly give up. Same for Army Ants and Fire Ants. They won't touch leaf cutters.
Hope you managed to get some help for this critter....

#368359 - 02/22/10 10:05 AM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: Rigrat]
elbert Offline
Good information,Thanks
This guy didn't make it through the night but I'll have the confidence to handle the next one and transport it to a vet.
I cant get over how alien they seem. The mouth at the end of the snout like like the end of an elephant trunk.
I found this on line about them.
I took photos but the photos aren't cheerful.
I'll wait to find one in the wild having dinner on some Ambergris Termites .
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#368362 - 02/22/10 10:30 AM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: elbert]
Amanda Syme Offline
The San Pedro Animal Hospital has a full time vet - Dr. Lori Droke. You can call her at 610 DOGS which is 610 3647

#368397 - 02/22/10 02:58 PM Re: Anteater in distress [Re: Amanda Syme]
elbert Offline
Yes i talked to her last night.
Nice to have some one like that on the island.
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