We wanted to take a moment to share a health update about Theo. For those of you who do not know Theo, he is a magnificent olive baboon that has been living in the Fauna monkeyhouse for 16 years. He was caught in the wild and was used by the University of Western Ontario as a blood donor for other baboons who had received kidney transplants for experimental purposes. He was 4 years old when he came to live at Fauna.
Over the past few months the caregiving staff at Fauna observed some unusual changes in Theo. He was moving slower, less active, and was exhibiting some weakness in one leg and one arm, on opposite sides of his body. Initially we thought he may have had a stroke but his symptoms did not align exactly with those of a stroke.
On more than one occassion the Fauna caregivers did witness seizure like episodes that they were able to capture on their cell phones and these recurring episodes directed us with further investigation. Last week Theo had a physical examination, including blood tests, to help us determine what might be going on. While his blood tests all returned normal, his symptoms persisted. Dr. Allan consulted with Dr. Kent, the same neurologist who helped us diagnose Yoko years ago when he lost the use of his legs for nearly two months.
Fauna’s caregivers are monitoring Theo closely and he is receiving excellent care, including all his favourite foods as well as regular visits from all his friends. We are optimistic we will find some answers soon and are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and caring medical team looking after him and trying to resolve his health issues.
Theo needs our love and support now more than ever. He is such a dear sweet soul.
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