[wildtrade] Story at [soc Son] wildlife rescue centre
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Tue Mar 31 01:30:09 BST 2009
Story at wildlife rescue centre
00:00' 30/03/2009 (GMT+7)
VietNamNet Bridge – At the Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre, even when a parrot
dies, a council is set up to inspect the death before it is buried. The centre’s
director and staff also “get sick” when a tiger gets sick.
This tiger got sick last year.
From a sick tiger
We paid a visit to the Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre on a drizzly day. When we
arrived, the centre’s Director Ngo Ba Oanh, in a raincoat, was guiding his
employees to repair a big cage hosting over 100 civets, which were seized in a
smuggling case by environmental police.
Before the civets came, this cage belonged to peacocks. It was covered with a
grille. The cage smelt fishy because the civets were eating eels. Some dead
civets had been placed outside the cage.
“We are not allowed to throw away the dead bodies of animals. When they enter
our centre, wild animals become national assets,” Oanh said.
“If only one parrot dies, we have to put it into the frozen room to preserve it,
then report to related agencies, and set up a council to inspect before burying
the bird,” he added.
This is the protocol for a dead parrot, let alone a tiger. Oanh recalled: “Last
July, an Indochina tiger suddenly got a cold. This is a male tiger, which was
seized together with a female tiger by Hanoi environmental police in a smuggling
case. They were handed over to our centre in early 2008. They grew up very fast
after five months. The male tiger weighed 170kg at that time.”
“The tiger was very healthy at noon and it suddenly lied down on the floor in
the evening. When I arrived at the cage, the tiger had mydriasis. We mobilised
several veterinarians to take care of the tiger. They injected it with many
kinds of medicines.”
Oanh asked veterinary doctors to live besides the tiger cage and make daily
reports about its health to send to the Hanoi Veterinary Department.
The tiger was very weak for three days. Doctors used both western and oriental
medicines to save it. On the 3rd night, doctors applied a traditional measure,
splashing urine on the tiger’s face and the tiger regained its senses.
“It is so lucky for us. If it had died, we would have had to make an autopsy
report, which is more complicated than a report on a man,” said the staff who
takes care of the tiger.
Tiger with scabies from Dong Nai
The centre’s director Ngo Ba Oanh.
The Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre is taking care of three tigers. Besides the
two above tigers, there is a smaller one, which had scabies on its body.
The centre received this tiger in December 2006 from Vuon Xoai farm in Long
Thanh district, the southern province of Dong Nai. The farm owner said he bought
four tigers to breed and three of them died of digestive diseases.
The local authorities seized the remaining tiger to transfer to the centre. When
it arrived at the centre, the tiger was very weak and suffered from dermatitis.
Diseases and the change of weather put the tiger in critical condition.
“At that time, I and a veterinary doctor and a driver went from Hanoi to Dong
Nai to get the tiger. We brought it to Hanoi after a hard, long trip. When we
arrived in Hanoi, we were surrounded and questioned by the media. They said our
cage was too small and the tiger was so weak, so how could we save the tiger?”
Oanh said journalists visited the centre every day to see the tiger. The
minister of agriculture and rural development paid a visit to the centre to see
the tiger and to encourage the centre’s employees. The tiger didn’t die and is
growing up, though it is not as healthy as other tigers.
When cages are opened?
The Soc Son Wildlife Centre is located on only one hectare of land in Soc Son
district, Hanoi. Besides a small office, the centre has several cages, which
look like a corner of the Thu Le Zoo in the centre of Hanoi.
The centre’s staff said some species of wild animals such as porcupines, bamboo
rats, snakes and birds can be released into nature after a short time. But
tigers, panthers, and bears need to live in a semi-natural environment to resume
their hunting skills before they are set free, otherwise they will die or be
caught again by hunters.
These animals live in a semi-natural environment to resume their hunting skills
before they are set free.
There is a project to expand the centre to 12ha but this project is proceeding
The Asian Animals Foundation (AAF) once visited the centre and stated it would
provide the centre with VND1 billion to upgrade cages but it ran into red tape.
“They wanted to give us money, but the formalities were too complicated,”
So big tigers, panthers and bears have to pace behind iron bars. They eat a lot
but nobody knows when they’ll be fit to be released into the forest.
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