Posted on September 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM
Today was the day of the weekly visit to the zoo. We had the pleasure to welcome Dr. Akaffou and his Assistant, Arouna, from the Institute Pasteur. The main goal was to make a diagnosis of the pythons’ issue.
We had talked about it on Tuesday when we met, and today our two herpethologists confirmed that the two pythons were not African origin but Asian one. Research will soon be made to know exactly what species they belong to. Even if the African climate is similar to Asian one, conditions are probably quite different especially the one needed for the exotic reptiles, so they might need some more time to adapt properly to the Ivorian climate. One of them especially was not able to slough its skin, a problem that could end by the death of the animal. Its old skin was ready to leave but it couldn’t dispose of it itself. Dr. Akaffou and Arouna showed the dedicated keepers, Claude and Alexis, how to deal with that kind of problem. They helped it to dispose of its old skin, then disinfected and treated the new one. They also gave it oral vitamins and gave a lot of advices to the keepers and everybody else around. They showed how to manipulate these animals safely, and the Dr. Akaffou explained us the protocol we will have to follow for the next month. Somethings are to be done every day, some others will have to be done once a week, during a month.
Believe it or not, but less than 30 minutes after it had been liberated from its old skin, the sickest snake was moving on the ground normally trying to climb on its shelter, things that were never assess before. The two specialists think that he should recover its appetite very quickly.
The second one needed cares too, but it was not as weak as the first one. Keepers will have to give him specific cares for the next month. At last our two specialists and two new ones, Dr. Akaffou, Arouna, Claude and Alexis, took care of the of biggest python of the 5 existing one. This one was caught in the bush one month ago. It is about 3 to 3.20 meter long and like the majority of rock pythons, it has a rather vile temper. It still has wounds behind the head, as if it had been caught in a trap. The experts caught it and disinfected it. It was not pleased !
After a short break under the “Apatame” with our special guests of the day, we let them go and thanked them deeply. Craig noticed that the water of crocodiles has been changes and enclosure cleaned. We hope that the same will be done for the hippo pool.
Chita, our new BB chimp, is fine. She has been sick at the of last week, but Craig saw it first and we were able to ask for a vet friend what to do. Blandine Sey showed her concern about the Baby’s health and she did what was necessary. Chita recovered fast. She is now used to ther big Teddy bear (see videos), she even sleeps with it. She leaves her cage twice a day, every day, with her favorite keeper. They walk together around the zoo, she is apparently a good girl.