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Published on Feb 1, 2007
When Carlos was born, it was apparent that he faced physical challenges and he was taken from his mother at two weeks old to ensure his survival. As he developed he exhibited neurological and physical problems that included a physical disability with his legs and feet, and he had epileptic type seizures. It was very apparent that Carlos was a special little character who needed constant care and attention.
We had a full range of tests done with the assistance of Veterinary specialists, radiology and a consultant Neurological Pediatric specialist. Many of the tests carried out have been part of an elimination program to ensure he was not given inappropriate drugs for his condition.
These tests had eliminated all known or common physical problems that could have occurred. We have results from blood tests, x-ray's, ultrasounds and his full MRI brain scan. Our specialist vet has researched and been in contact with associates around the world about Capuchin monkeys. There is a huge amount of interest worldwide in the results we have available to us, especially the ultrasound pictures and MRI Scan's. Due to costs, these type of tests are not traditionally run by people with monkeys as pets, of which there are 10's of thousands worldwide, or by zoo's around the world. Also not many people or zoo's can commit the amount of human resource that has been required to care-give this one little monkey.
We would like to make all our information, tests results, scans and images available worldwide to aid in education and primate knowledge. He had been on Epilim. His progress had been constantly monitored. The drugs have helped mainly with his manic/neurotic behaviour. The seizures seem to be approximately 14 days apart. Normally these seizures last for about 2-4 minutes. Once he was he was taken to the vets after fitting for approx 20 minutes. He spent the weekend heavily sedated. The main concern is that these long seizures will "burn" the brain.
To take over full time care we needed to first relocated (Martinborough was our destination) purchase and build a MAF approved containment facility to enable us to permanently house Carlos. To do this in NewZealand you must get a zoo license. We understood that Carlos may not survive for very long, however, as a capuchin's life span could be up to 40 years in captivity he may live longer . He is adorable.