It is never too late to lend a help to those who are in need, especially to animals who do not have the capacity to cure their own selves despite the pains and wounds they got due to an accident. Better that we have mortal heroes who are there to save these little creatures who are defenseless on their own.
The Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education (C.A.R.E.), based in South Africa, rescued a baby baboon filled with wounds on the face and head, and though that it would never survive. Despite her condition, they never lose hope to keep her and to cure her. They even called her Eleonor, named after the famous and strong American politician Eleanor Roosevelt which also undergone a lot of neurological symptoms, typical of a head injury.
Eleanor was reported to be a victim of a road accident where she lost her mother. However, a big question remains as she was found with a perfectly circular wound on her head that exposed her skull. C.A.R.E just thought that she might have been hit over the head with a hard object, but it is not the actual truth to believe yet. They are still on their way to find out the source of the big wound.
The C.A.R.E. is giving her much attention because of her condition. She could only turn her head to the left, and her eyes constantly flickered. She suffered from muscle spasms and small seizures. Her caretakers are also very careful in handling her, knowing that a small bump on the head or stumble could be devastating. However, the C.A.R.E. found a way to protect Eleonor’s head from infection. They made a hat-like bandage for her in order to allow the fracture to heal. An X-ray result also showed that Eleonor has a good chance to survive if she would be responsive to the treatment.
Eleonor is improving every day. Unlike her first arrival, she is now acting better and calm. During her early recovery, another female baboon was rescued by C.A.R.E. and Eleanor was paired with her. They are hoping that the two of them could be a part of the same baboon troop someday when they are truly well. The two little baboons are on the maximum care of the center as they are in the preparation to introduce the two babies to their surrogate mother (a female baboon) when they are totally recovered.
Eleonor’s wound is healed enough to be stitched. Another custom-made foam helmet was been made for her since that there are delicate areas of her head that still unhealed, and her bones are still soft and must be protected. She is now looking better than her first night.
She cannot be released into the woods because the battle for recovery is not yet ended. It’s quite too long before Eleonor will take off her hat to live fully in the wild. The C.A.R.E. always sees her as a fighter that will never ever surrender in her very own fight. They are hopeful that one day, Eleonor will no longer wear a hat again.