14/07/2016 17h23 - Updated 14/07/2016 17h23

Institute rescues 240 wild animals in the first half in Manaus

The animals were out of natural habitat and at risk, according to Ipaam. The rescue was made after complaints from the public.
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From January to June, at least 240 wild animals were rescued in Manaus and in the metropolitan area by the Amazon Institute of Environmental Protection (Ipaam). the animals, mainly, sloths, monkeys, alligators, birds and snakes were out of natural habitat and at risk. The rescue was made after complaints from the public.

"Normally, these animals are fleeing some deforestation or even by contact the city of Manaus is with immense forest fragments within the urban area and around the city, which is all surrounded by primary forest, and invade people's homes”, said Fauna manager Ipaam, Marcelo Garcia. According to Garcia, there are more complicated cases, injured animals or were run over. “Many sloths take electric shock from high-voltage wire ", exemplified.

Also call the attention of Ipaam cases of birds injured by kite lines with wax. Sometimes, the injury is so serious that it is necessary to amputate the animals' wings, said Garcia. Another common situation, which is the subject of many complaints, is the rescue of animals bred in captivity illegal. In this case, the creator can be fined and fined.

The Fauna manager Ipaam stressed that not always the animals can be rescued. “Sometimes, people call asking for the removal of an alligator in streams, the streams that run through the city, but we do not do this kind of withdrawal because it is the natural environment of the animal and can not interfere in his life”, he explained.

People also telephone for action to cases of hawks attacking people at the time they are nesting (forming nests) and puppies. “So, to protect the puppy, It is not that they attack, they give overflights to scare people who are close to the nests. In this case, You can not interfere. It is up to environmental crime.” In this case, people are advised to protect themselves with some object or avoid passing near the nests until the birds leave the place.

After rescued by Ipaam, animals that are unable to be released immediately in nature are brought to the Wild Animal Screening centers of the city hall or the Brazilian Insttuto of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). "The sorting centers welcome and treat injured animals. When they are recovered and may be returned to nature, so it is done.”

If the animals are not able to be returned, demand is an entity that can receive them, as zoos. “In addition to zoos, we maintainers, they are individuals who are willing to spend a certain amount of money to give these animals the veterinarian treatment and keep them under their guard ", he added.

Last year, were made 602 wild animal rescues in Manaus. The Ipaam disponiliza two phones for complaints and redemption request within the urban area: 2123-6729 e 2123-6774.

Source: Agency Brazil

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