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Hand-raising a spectral tarsier (Tarsius tarsier) at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20717899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
On February 10, 2008, a newborn male spectral tarsier (Tarsius tarsier) was found on the floor of the indoor exhibit room in the Small Mammal House of the Ueno Zoological Gardens. The dam showed no signs of providing maternal care and therefore we decided to hand-raise the infant. Its birth weight was 18.7 g. We placed the dam and infant in an incubator and gave 12.5-25% formula (for kittens), until the 145th day after birth. We limited the volume of formula intake to avoid excessive intake and to prevent diarrhea. For nutrition enrichment, we added a chicken liver homogenate to the formula 1-3 times per day. The infant was given a sunbath for 10 min on the 28th day. He showed no serious decline in health, except for diarrhea that occurred during the first few days after birth. He ate a small cricket for the first time on the 50th day and easily caught mealworms on his own on the 105th day. Gradual changes in feeding times, formula concentration, and the nutritionally enriched formula were essential for successfully hand-raising the tarsier.
Atsushi Hirota; Tatsuko Hara; Takahisa Hosoda; Fumitaka Hashizaki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zoo biology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1098-2361     ISO Abbreviation:  Zoo Biol.     Publication Date:    2011 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-04     Completed Date:  2011-07-27     Revised Date:  2011-07-28    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8807837     Medline TA:  Zoo Biol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  218-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Ueno Zoological Gardens, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry / methods*
Animals, Zoo*
Feeding Behavior
Tarsiidae / growth & development*
Weight Gain

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