Saturday, 11 November, dawned as an extraordinary day for Shrinky – one of our most special baboons. A malnourished bundle of skin and bone, Shrinky arrived at the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014, her dire physical condition further afflicted by obvious brain damage – damage burdening her movements and sight. With copious amounts of care and constant dedication from a vigilant team, Shrinky steadily improved and remains a cheery member of our youngest baboon troop – a troop befitting her physical handicaps, as fellow baboons of similar age proved just too challenging for her mental and bodily prowess.
The mysteries of Shrinky’s evident brain damage were finally revealed on 11 November, the wonderful Medical Imaging team at Medi-Clinic Eros performing a CAT Scan, at no cost, on a baboon who has stolen the hearts of all who have met her. Radiographer, Marisa Joubert, and Dr. Ryan D. Volker took immaculate care of our primate patient, the resulting images providing a glimpse into Shrinky’s ailments. No tumours or other harmful growths were spotted, with the occipital lobe (that part of the brain involved with vision) displaying what could perhaps be construed as abnormalities – abnormalities resulting from injury sustained in the early stages of her life. A lack of oxygen in developmental stages could also have caused the adverse effects that Shrinky so bravely overcomes each day.
We thank Medical Imaging and Medi-Clinic Eros for so selflessly donating their time and facilities, and allowing us to further understand our sweet Shrinky. A clear diagnosis may be seemingly impossible to reach, but we will continue to provide Shrinky with the love, dedication and expert care she so deserves – ensuring her days are filled with confidence and the zest for life our most special of baboons has never lost.
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N/a'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary