Posted by Josh on 7/29/2016, 1:36 pm
Hey everyone. This post is a little morbid, and I apologize ahead of time. I wanted to give fair warning. No death though, so that's good news. |
I am an entomologist from the APHIS department down here in Panama. Here, it is legal to capture and sell iguanas for food purposes. These are either from the wild, raised, or, more often than not, stolen. Regardless, whenever one of us at APHIS see these guys, we buy them and release them back in the wild. Recently, we had a pretty nasty case of animal cruelty involved regarding their capture and holding. There is no way to really punish the individuals (it's legal), but all we could do is start them on the road to recovery. I was hoping for some advice.
The arms and legs have been tied behind the back for an unknown amount of time. Long enough for the muscles to be stiff that way. Hands are typically kept together by using pliers to pull out one or two nails, and looping the attached tendons around their feet. I have cut these, so they are free and completely relaxed, and we are now feeding them some water by syringe and moving toward vegetables and fruits. Any more advice you guys can offer? One seems like the shoulder is either broken or dislocated. Iíll have to update you on that. All three are in a covered box relaxing. Iím hoping no more shoulders, knees, ankles, etc. are broken. Is there anything I can look for that might help me out in this? Any food that might help energize and get the life back into these guys?