Luna is only 3 weeks old, but he's already experienced a profound loss.
A severe drought is currently affecting parts of Costa Rica, and it's been taking a toll on the local wildlife. Luna and his mother, both howler monkeys, were somehow separated from their family. When they were found, they were rushed to a nearby veterinary hospital.
Sadly, Luna's mother passed away last Monday from dehydration and respiratory issues, leaving little Luna all alone in the world.
He was rehydrated through the use of intravenous fluids and survived. Luna was then transferred to the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center, where he is now being cared for by humans and socialized with other howler monkeys like himself.Today, he's learning to adjust to life with a surrogate mother, whom he clings to for comfort. According to a blog post by the rescue center, Luna is fitting right in with his fellow howlers ...... which is excellent news - howler monkeys live and thrive in large, social family groups.According to the rescue center, the goal is to raise Luna until he is strong enough to be released back into the wild.You can help support the efforts of the Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center in saving and rehabilitating animals like Luna by making a donation here.