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Terra Natura Benidorm veterinarians manage to save an ocelot pup that had suffered a severe traumatism

The Terra Natura Benidorm veterinary team has managed to save one of the ocelots that were born in the park in November 2018.

Terra Natura Benidorm veterinarians manage to save an ocelot pup that had suffered a severe traumatism

The ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) are a species that is characterized by being nocturnal and solitary. Males and females are usually related for courtship and mating, and breeding is left exclusively to the mother. Males can be very territorial even with their offspring, whether or not they are their own, and so it was in the case of Enzo (the male offspring born in November), who was bitten on the leg by his father.

After the first radiographic exploration, the veterinarians of Terra Natura Benidorm decided to carry out a cure every two days. Specialist traumatologists ruled out surgery and decided to immobilise the limb with bandages. Fifteen days later, the infection was controlled and tissue regeneration began. After two months of treatment, the evolution is favorable and the animal has recovered considerably the use of the leg.

The Terra Natura veterinary team highlighted the work carried out in this treatment, given the bulky nature of the lesion. In the natural environment the breeding would not have survived this mishap. This circumstance has allowed to obtain very useful scientific data on the regeneration of tissues in felines. Terra Natura Benidorm currently has four ocelots: the breeding pair, made up of the female Selha and the male Ahmun, both 17 years old, and the two young Zoe and Enzo (female and male respectively), 8 months old.

Thus, they add to the collection of more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species (50 of them in danger of extinction) distributed throughout the park in a tour that makes visitors immerse themselves in the concept of zoo-immersion and otherness, and can enjoy a wide range of entertainment activities.