We make tests to the capuchin monkey to prevent a hereditary disease
team has done a blood extraction to a capuchin monkey (Cebus apella) to check
its coagulation index and determine if it suffers from a genetic disease. The
zookeepers observed a few days ago that the specimen, named Golum, had some
limp when walking so he couldn´t move normally in the installation. This
behaviour has made the carers suspect that the animal may have inherited the
same disease that his father, who died unexpectedly a few months ago.
named Simón, also started limping and finally stopped walking. At first, we
thought that this ailment could be caused by a possible paralysis or some
marrow problem, but after his death, in the autopsy a disease was detected that
causes problems in the coagulation of the blood. When they saw that Golum, one
of his children, was experiencing a similar limp, they carried out a test to
determine if the problem has a hereditary origin.
action, we intend to apply a preventive treatment to Golum, as well as to the
rest of his brothers, to avoid having any health problems derived from this
genetic inheritance. Disease prevention actions are essential to improve the
degree of animal welfare and give them the appropriate treatment as soon as
monkeys are very sociable primates that live in herds. They often use rocks and
stones to open nuts and are able to teach this behaviour through the use of
instruments to feed their descendants. This species has an average size that
usually does not exceed four kilos of weight. At present, Terra Natura has 13
specimens of this species.
conservation of this species is essential to preserve plant biodiversity
because it favours the dispersal of seeds that they ingest in the territories
where they live. Currently, Capuchin monkeys are threatened due to
deforestation of tropical forests and illegal trade. The species is included in
the CITES catalogue, an international institution that is responsible for
regulating the circulation of threatened species.