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Jun 16, 2020

Rescued from Poachers; Scarlet Macaws Get Help to Return to the Wild!

Over a week ago we reported on the two poachers discovered in the Chiquibul National Park about one point two kilometers east of the border in the area of Caracol. One of the poachers was captured; but both of their belongings were seized. Between the two, they were carrying seven scarlet macaw chicks. The sad news is that two of the birds didn’t survive the incident in the Chiquibul. But the five remaining chicks have been checked out by the vet and stabilized without any major injuries. The chicks will now be looked after and prepared to return to life in the wild. FCD’s Raphael Manzanero tells us more.

 

On the Phone: Raphael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“The Macaws have been moved already now to the Chiquibul. So, they were released from the Wildlife vet clinic and moved to the Chiquibul where they should be cared for the next two months or so. After that, they should be in the wild and able to survive out there in the wild.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Okay – those chicks – what size are we talking about and how many of them?”

 

On the Phone: Raphael Manzanero

“The macaws that there were rescued is a total of seven and two of them died by the time they arrived here at the clinic. So, five of them were the ones that had been cared for here at the wildlife vet clinic and those are the ones that eventually go back in the Chiquibul. By the time they were rescued, they were approximately twenty-five to thirty-five days old, so on average of a month old. So, for them to be released into the wild it will take the necessary care and training that hopefully should be for a period of the next two months or so.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, who monitors them now?”

 

On the Phone: Raphael Manzanero

“Our staff will be undertaking the care for them. We had already done something like that three four years ago. So, our staff would know how to tend to those parrots and the diet it takes for them to grow healthy and good.”


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