Little Marvin was about 5 months old when he came to Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary in October 2018. Marvin had been kept as a pet in Samara, but it is difficult to know exactly what happened to him.
Marvin gets very scared any time he is moved, and always grabs on tightly for security. This behavior leads us to believe he may be traumatized from a previous fall, and is afraid he may fall again. Both his arm and leg on the left side have been injured, causing difficulty when he tries to walk. He also has several infected wounds on his tail, but with treatment he appears to be healing properly now.
We started rehabilitation by having him try to walk a little bit a few times a day. The first day, he was walking in circles and zig zags, but with daily care and practice, he is now walking in straight lines and has also started to climb up.
Marvin is now spending his days in the nursery habitat and is learning to communicate and socialize with his friends. Adaptation to a new environment can be a very scary, sad and challenging transition for these little ones after losing their mum and their family members.
Little Marvin is receiving 24/7 care here in Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Variety of fresh leaves
- Though insecure, won’t hesitate to defend himself by biting
- Not yet interested in playing with others
- Kept as a pet