Jaguarundi Release DIA DEL FELINO SILVESTRE
I had the most amazing week, culminating with the best 2 second experience ever.
I was driving on the 2-lane highway when I saw a wild cat, a jaguarundi, lying in the middle of the road. I stopped traffic both ways while our vet and a biologist brought him to the side of the road, palpating him to see if anything was broken.
Unable to obtain a box, we put him, unconscious, on a cardboard stretcher, and our vet rode in the backseat with him while I drove to the closest vet clinic. As we arrived, I hit a pothole, the jaguarundi came to, jumping wildly into the trunk.
It took 2 vets to contain him and get him out.
It was apparent that he had been hit by a car so he was driven 1 ½ hours for exams weight measurements (5.52 kilos)
Such a miracle, no broken bones!
He needed to recuperate from the accident and eat before we could release him.
For 5 days we couldn't get him to eat anything.
Inspiration struck, maybe if we fed him live animals he would eat. Jaguarundis are in danger of extinction so we had to try it.
We were ecstatic when he ate!
We moved him into a large enclosure where he felt safer because he had a place to hide under this crate.
Finally on Earth Day we knew he was strong enough to go back to the wild without becoming prey.
We took him back to the location where we found him, making sure he was way off the highway.
When releasing him we didn’t know what would happen. He was an amazing sight, he moved so fast he was a blur! Those were the most amazing 2 seconds of my life! He was wild and free again, as nature intended!
The Kids Saving the Rainforest staff