July 1, 2014 This tamandua was rescued by Ladyville police, who noticed the animal with a nasty wire harness, attached to the tree with about 9ft of wire. Sgt Romero and his team managed to get the animal down from the tree, placed it in the cage and passed it to Belize Wildlife Hotline - Gillian Kirkwood, who got Dr. Phillip DeShield from Belize AMC, and 4 members from her family to assist in removing the wire from the animal. It is a very dangerous ordeal, since tamanduas have very powerful claws and are very fast when defending themselves.
July 2, 2014 Thanks to their efforts, the animal was relieved of wires and in the morning picked by Wildtracks team that was on the way to the wildlife clinic in Cayo. After that we picked the animal and placed in the inside enclosure for the close observation.
As you can see, it takes a lot of people to perform the rescue operation of just one animal.
Thru the night the animal was very active climbing the trees in the enclosure, but didn't eat any termites, or avocado. Drank a lot of water. Was very alert and hissed a lot. Overall, she didn't seem to be severly injured, but you can see on her fur that she had some discharge from her eyes, which is one of the first signs of severe stress in the tamanduas.
July 3, 2014 At 5am, Tamandua went to sleep in the same nesting box that all other tamanduas choose as their sleeping area- it is at 1.5 m high above the ground, in the dark area of the enclosure.
Since then she was asleep. We tried to change the termites nests and brought 3 more young nests, but she showed no interest so far. She appears to be very sleepy, but alert, and wakes up every single time I open the enclosure.
The outside enclosure is ready- checked and double checked for snakes, termites and ants supply checked. Everything is ready... Waiting for the night- to see her in action again for further observations.