MAHAHUAL, QUINTANA ROO, Mexico, December 11, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A jaguar who fell into a well has been given a second chance at life after being rescued and released into the jungle.

In the early hours of the morning on December 4, the authorities of Uvero, Quintana roo received a report of a jaguar who had fallen into a well while attacking a dog. The dog, named “Blackie”, also fell into the well with the jaguar and survived the attack.

The dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic where he was treated by Dr. Erika Flores, veterinarian of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). He is in good condition and will stay in the clinic for a few days to recover.

The rescue was a joint operation between the Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committee, federal authorities (PROFEPA and CONANP), state authorities (IBANQROO), local organization Aak Mahahual and IFAW. Assistance was also requested from the Mexican Navy, which accompanied the teams for additional security and support.

“What I appreciate most is that even though people could have handled this situation by killing the jaguar, they still preferred to respect this jaguar and give it a chance to revive in the wild. The community called PROFEPA and me before hurting the jaguar. This is the result of the work we have all done with the community, ”said Victor Rosales, president and founder of Aak Mahahual.

Since 2019, IFAW, along with local authorities and organizations, have been developing solutions through the ‘Promoting Coexistence’ project, which highlights the ways in which people, community animals and jaguars can coexist together. security.

“Aak Mahahual and IFAW, with the support of the authorities, have provided over 40 corrals (reinforced houses) which have been distributed in the Mahahual area and have protected over 100 dogs in these communities. By securing the animals in the community before dark, the risk of a jaguar attack is almost completely reduced, ”said Rosales.

“Providing safe housing for pets is one way to build coexistence between community members, their animals and wildlife. Jaguar attacks on dogs are likely due to the increase in the number of humans living in the area, the destruction and fragmentation of their habitat, and the reduction in their natural prey due to the above causes and of illegal hunting, ”said Dr Flores.

The incidence of jaguar attacks on dogs in this region has been studied since 2012 and a recently published scientific article on the subject can be viewed at the following links:

– https://neotropical.pensoft.net/article/68973/
– https://www.newswise.com/articles/man-s-best-friend-could-be-a-jaguar-s-next-meal-a-case-study-from-the-mexican-caribbean

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SOURCE International Fund for Animal Welfare