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Birth by caesarian of a japanese macaque
Granby May 1st, 2017 — The delivery by caesarian of a Japanese macaque was performed successfully at Zoo de Granby last month, thanks to the animal care team of our the zoo.
A few days before giving birth, our zookeepers noticed that one of the Japanese macaques, a female named Zoé, was showing signs that she might be going into labour soon. However, the following morning, there was still no baby to be seen. The female was visibly weak and uncomfortable, therefore an examination under anesthesia was quickly planned to evaluate the situation. Using an ultrasound scan, the veterinary care team noticed that the baby was alive but was incapable of coming out naturally. They then carried out an emergency caesarian! The veterinaries, animal care technicians and the Asian sector zookeepers worked together to complete the necessary surgery as quickly as possible. This is how a small, 386-gram female came into the world by caesarian last April 11.
Zoé, the mom, is doing well and is recuperating rapidly. She was even returned to the group of 14 macaques this week. Since the mom can’t produce any milk, the baby must be bottle-fed by our animal care givers. As soon as possible, she too will be integrated into a group of fellow macaques in order to encourage the development of social behaviours specific to the species. Then, in a little while, she will be introduced to the whole family!
About the Japanese Macaque
The Japanese Macaque is the northern most primate in the world. Its natural habitat is located in Japan, on the main island and on a few surrounding islands as well. The Japanese macaques would be among the most inventive of the macaque species as well as having the fastest learning ability. The Japanese macaque is also quite popular in the primate research field. During the summer of 2016, the zoo, in partnership with the University of Concordia, completed a research project examining the impact of visitors and that of a new habitat on Japanese macaques. Hundreds of hours of observation were necessary for this type of behavioural study.
About Zoo de Granby
The Zoo de Granby is a non-profit organization founded in 1953 with the mission of offering its clientele of all ages a rich, entertaining and educational experience aiming at creating awareness for animal conservation throughout the world. The zoo does not receive any subsidies for its operations. It employs close to 750 people at the height of its tourist season. The direct and indirect economic benefits have been evaluated at more than $50 M annually, an increase of 75% since 2004.