Electrocuted animals attended to at the Jaguar Rescue Center
In the South Caribbean of Costa Rica, hundreds of electrocutions to wild animals occur every year.
We receive an average of 25-30 electrocuted animals per year, of which we manage to save and recover 30% (see graph below).
70% of the electrocuted animals are sloths and monkeys, with the other 30% mainly made up from kinkajous, opossums, birds, and reptiles.
Each electrocuted animal represents an enormous challenge. Electric shock causes a myriad of very serious problems that usually result in death. Sometimes the animal’s body temperature increases to more than 43° Celsius (109.4° Fahrenheit), causing multi-organ failure. Frequently we find large areas of tissue necrosis. Saving the animal usually involves severe surgery, including amputation of limbs and large areas of affected skin.
Sometimes animals can recover with a lot of time and effort, but their number is minimal compared to the number of those killed.