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失去媽媽的無尾熊寶寶Omeo 已經是八個月大的健康寶寶囉~!

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Koala Joey Receiving Round-the-Clock Care at the San Diego Zoo is Thriving An 8-month-old koala joey being cared for round the clock by San Diego Zoo wildlife care specialists is thriving. The male koala joey, named Omeo (pronounced Ooh-me-ooh), lost his mother due to cancer in mid-December, when he was about 5-and-a-half months old and was still in her pouch. To save the joey’s life, Zoo veterinarians and wildlife care specialists intervened, feeding and caring for the little marsupial. Omeo requires round-the-clock care, and each day three wildlife care specialists tend to his every need. He is fed a bottle of special milk formula five times a day—at 5:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Initially, Omeo was living in a faux pouch inside an incubator, with the temperature and humidity set to simulate conditions in his mother’s pouch. As he has grown, he now spends more time in his exercise setting, where he is learning to explore and build muscle tone, by crawling out of the pouch and climbing up onto the back of his plush “stand-in mom.” Wildlife care specialists take him outdoors at least 10 to 20 minutes a day to provide him time in the sun and acclimate him to sights, sounds and smells of the koalas around him. When not taking a bottle, exercising or sunning himself, Omeo does what koalas do best—he sleeps most of the day, in his faux pouch or perched in a custom-designed miniature eucalyptus tree. As Omeo continues to grow stronger, his caregivers will encourage him to rely on his own instincts to eat eucalyptus, climb on branches and eventually live in his own habitat at the Zoo’s Australian Outback. The San Diego Zoo has housed and cared for koalas since 1925 and has the largest colony of koalas—as well as the most successful breeding program—outside of Australia. Staff at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research are studying koala populations, both at the Zoo and in their Australian h

雖然因為疫情關係,聖地牙哥動物園自三月中就關閉了,但是裏頭的動物仍然是過得很開心的呦~!動物園團隊20日宣布,一隻五個月大還在媽媽育兒袋內、就因為媽媽癌逝而當起了孤兒的無尾熊寶寶「Omeo」,現在已經八個多月大了,而且在專家24小時全天候照料下,已經可以慢慢適應新世界囉!!
根據《Fox 5 San Diego》, 動物園資深新生兒輔助護理專員韋伯(Kim Weibel)表示,在去年12月中當無尾熊媽媽去世時,「Omeo」還因為太小無法從育兒袋移出,協調性和發展都非常不足,團隊們都不期待牠能靠自己撐過第一周。然而,在重症監護下,「Omeo」證明了牠是一名勇敢的生命鬥士,他變得更強壯、也更有肌耐力了。韋伯說,目前「Omeo」住在人造的育兒袋裡,溫度和濕度都模擬無尾熊的袋中狀況,每天三位野生動物護理專家會照顧他的需求,每天也會按時餵牠五到六次特殊的奶類替代品。

有袋類動物的無尾熊「Omeo」出生時就像一顆雷根糖(Jelly Bean)一樣大,牠利用其強而有力的前肢從產道中爬入媽媽的育兒袋中,並緊緊依附在媽媽的乳頭上喝奶。

嬌小的「Omeo」生長緩慢,約在5到6個月大時才從育兒袋裡露出頭部,然而牠也在那時失去了母親。在育兒團隊悉心照料下,目前八個月大的「Omeo」每天都會定期離開人造育兒袋探險,有時爬到「替代媽媽」(stand-in mom)的絨毛玩偶的背上、照護人員也會把「Omeo」放在小型桉樹上、旁邊還擺放有差不多大小的無尾熊絨毛玩偶,讓「Omeo」練習手眼協調能力、未來才得以抓住葉片咀嚼莖。

野生動物護理專家每天至少將他帶到戶外10到20分鐘,以便為他提供在陽光下的時間,並使他適應周圍無尾熊的景象,聲音和氣味。照顧團隊希望「Omeo」最後能透過直覺來吃桉樹,在動物園內的澳洲園區棲息地自在生活。

Omeo update: When we first intervened, we weren't sure if Omeo would make it.

Omeo update: When we first intervened, we weren't sure if Omeo would make it. Due to around-the-clock care, he's grown stronger, his endurance has increased, and he has healthy fur. His next big steps will be sampling eucalyptus and spending koality time with his fellow Koalafornians.

Posted by San Diego Zoo on Friday, March 20, 2020

 

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