“RESCUE OF 2 OTTERS” IN BANDUNG
We want to address the “merry-go-round” that was the purported “rescue of 2 otters” from an illegal, wildlife market in Bandung. Rebecca A. Rodriguez also used these Otters to raise funds. MONEY MONEY MONEY!! It’s the root of all evil!
The team of professionals bought 2 Asian small-clawed Otters from an ILLEGAL WILDLIFE MARKET in Bandung, Indonesia. First mistake. You are fuelling the illegal trade of endangered animals!
It is highly recommended, even though the imploring looks from captured, captive animals pulls at the heart strings, besides being highly illegal, you are actually encouraging the “owner” to go out and catch more wild animals to trade in!
The question of disease is a critical one to address. Wild otters (and other animals) are often carrying ticks and this may have implications for vector-borne diseases, which can infect humans and their companion animals. There are literally hundreds of diseases which can infect otters (and in this case, did – and the otters died). This is yet another reason we are told to NEVER purchase a wild animal at an illegal wildlife market.
Then the handling of the Otters by the “experienced team”. It is a known, undisputed fact that when dealing with wild animals, to avoid stress (a significant factor contributing to death) you should ensure that the Otters (or other wild animals):
a) be handled/touched as little as possible
b) are kept in a darkened place
c) not be talked to or petted
d) when handling use gloves
e) ensure you have correct food on hand