THE HEALING PROCESS OF SKIN LESIONS IN A CAPTIVE AMAZONIAN MANATEE (Trichechus inunguis) CALF: A CASE REPORT

Fernanda Menezes de Oliveira e Silva, Miriam Marmontel, Michelle G. Guterres-Pazin, Gleice Marsicano, Rafael R. Suertegaray, Giliard Medeiros, Maria Isabel C. Ferraz

Abstract


The present work describes the clinical procedures performed in an Amazonian manatee male calf under the care of Aquatic Mammals Research Group, of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute, Amazonas, Brazil and housed in a wooden floating pen, in the Amanã Lake, Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, Brazil. During handling procedures, skin lesions on the upper side of the calf’s nostrils, chin and near its left eye were observed. Due to the fact that some medicine effectiveness are hampered by aquatic mammals habits, a new medicine was developed by mixing some veterinary medicine and herbal products, which was applied during bottle feeding. After twenty days of treatment the wounds were completely healed. The use of such medicine made up with Amazon natural products, adapted to the aquatic environment on which this manatee calf has been kept, can provide important alternative and crucial information to a better treatment, especially with animals in danger of extinction.

Keywords


Animal health; Captivity handling; Endangered aquatic mammals; Amazonian manatee; Trichechus inunguis; Saúde animal; Manejo em cativeiro; Mamíferos aquáticos ameaçados; Peixe-boi amazônico; Trichechus inunguis



DOI: https://doi.org/10.31420/uakari.v7i2.105