When Joss was first taken by the IAR, it was clear that she had a long road to recovery. The trauma of being separated from her mother had left her deeply unsettled. She would repeatedly throw herself onto the floor and bang her head against the wall. At the beginning of the video, we see an almost human fear in her eyes.
Jaclyn Eng, a veterinarian at IAR, explained why Joss was exhibiting such behavior: “She hugs herself constantly because she misses the physical contact and comfort she should still be getting from her mother. Her life up until now must have been very traumatic and stressful for her to behave in this abnormal way. Animals usually develop stereotypical behavior as a coping mechanism in response to a stressful situation.”
Now, thanks to IAR’s dedicated veterinary team, Joss is doing so much better – she can even climb a tree on her own! It definitely took practice and determination, but she seems to be getting the hang of it. Joss is still shy and frightened when meeting new keepers, but she has made leaps and bounds in her recovery. Her accomplishments are truly a testament to the absolute resilience of animals!
To read more about Joss’ story, click here.