During January, there were a number of animal rescue operations carried out within Borba
The Municipal Secretariat for Environment in Borba were involved in these animal rescues each time. All the animals were safely and successfully released back into their natural habitats.
Monkey Rescued after 5 years in captivity
On Friday, the 27th of January 2023, the Municipal Secretariat for the Environment rescued the monkey after anonymous complaints were received.
This time, there is the intriguing story of a capuchin monkey. Despite not being suspected of any crime or causing any damage, remained imprisoned by chains, in captivity, for 5 years. This is unusual among other cases of chained animals.
A team from the municipal environment department visited the site to encourage the voluntary delivery of the animal.
Having been kept in chains for at least 5 years, the monkey showed clear signs of a change in its behaviour and eating habits, which were clear characteristics of domestication. This type of animal is usually restless and draws attention for demonstrating some behaviours similar to human intelligence.
The monkey was subjected to 10 days of observation by the local veterinarian, watching its overall health for possible illnesses. After this period, the monkey was released softly and integrated into back into nature.
Keeping animals chained permanently is considered abuse environmental crime, provided for in Federal Law 9.605/98-of environmental crimes, as described in Art. 32, considers the practice of act of abuse, mistreatment, injuring or mutilating wild, domestic or domesticated animals, native or exotic.
Two Turtles rescued from abandoned land
The Endemic Surveillance Agents of Borba were carrying out some inspections of abandoned areas. They were inspecting to see if there were any areas that may be accumulating water which could serve as the creator of the dengue mosquito, malaria, and others.
During their inspections, they discovered an old machine underneath a house that had no-one apparently living in it. Within the machine they spotted two turtles.
The Endemic Surveillance team attempted to contact the possible responsible people, however they were not found.
The Secretary of the Environment team explained that capturing these species was illegal. He therefore authorized the removal of the animals.
The turtles were released into an area of preservation for them to become rehabilitated. The ultimate goal is for them to be released back to their natural environment.
Baby Alligator found in the local bathing facility
At the end of January, the Environment Secretary received a call to rescue an alligator pup. At around 5am in Borba, Amazonas, the employees of the Lira bathing facility were carrying out their daily cleaning routine.
The staff noticed a shadow in the pool which they thought to be a piece of wood, or another object that had been thrown into the pool. However, when they continued cleaning and got closer to the object, it began to move and they then identified it as a baby alligator. It was of the Caiman crocodilus (jacaré-tinga) species and was approximately one and a half metres in length.
The staff immediately contacted the Secretary of the Environment requesting the rescue of the animal from the pool. Later that day the environmental inspector for Borba, Jaison de Souza, went to remove the animal from the bathing place. He took it to the municipal preservation area and the rescue was successful.
Support for animal rescue in Borba from the Trocano Project
The Trocano Project fully supports the rescue and reporting of animals held in captivity. As preserving the biodiversity is an important part of the project, we are always pleased to hear of successful rescue operations. The project team are also able to participate directly in the logistics and release of animals back into their natural habitats.