2011, March 20
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Dear All,

I can't find the words in English to express how bad I feel....

Introduction process had to be stopped as Tommy's arm infection started again: pus mixed with blood came out of  Tommy's last wound the other day and vet Jean-Claude was called immediately.

infection started again!!
infection started again!!

It was finally decided to open the wound again, to get rid of the sick/dead skins, to find out from where infection was coming out while cleaning the wound thoroughly.

opening wound again
opening wound again

For now a fifth time, little Tommy had to be sedated for the vets to have a deep look at what was going on. Infection appeared to be located superficially just underneath the skin and not close to the bone where it was before.

5th surgery on Tommy's arm
5th surgery on Tommy's arm

According to Jean-Claude, Tommy (or another chimp) might  have scratched the healed wound with dirty hands/nails and bacteria have probably found their way thus creating infection.

Tommy is no longer at the sanctuary (no vet clinic yet at JACK, remember!): I brought him back home for daily cleaning of his wound. Bandages are again on the agenda...all the wonderful pictures of the little one being introduced and climbing trees with the other chimps now belong to the past and I personally feel extremely down...

Ekolo and Nalia are still at JACK but don't interact with all the nursery group.

Nalia
Nalia

Tommy is their strength and they need Tommy to face the elder ones of the nursery. Papa Augustin remained at the complex to take  care of Ekolo & Nalia which is actually good otherwise the little ones  would have been completely lost.

Ekolo
Ekolo

During day, they play in the surrounding bush of our sanctuary and, at night,  they still share their nests with the peaceful little ones of the infant group: Santa, Kimo, Maïka, Rosie, Bapu and Pundu...

bandages again...
bandages again...

Tommy isn't alone: Papa Marcel is  staying with him and I brought a young friend for baby Tommy  from the nursery group: VIDA!

Papa Marcel, Tommy & Vida
Papa Marcel, Tommy & Vida

They get on well together. And I hope the fact Tommy is in good company will help him recover very fast... It shouldn't be that long before the wound is healing up again according to Jean-Claude... I really hope the vet is right!!!???

Vida & Tommy
Vida & Tommy

I'll keep you posted,

Thank you all

Roxane/J.A.C.K.