Ethan has been with us for about a year and a half now since he fell onto rocks when his mother was electrocuted, breaking his jaw. Even though he smashed several teeth and his jaw was broken, baby Ethan never stopped having a good appetite. One of the important factors when successfully rescuing howler monkeys is keeping their appetite strong and Ethan never had any problems with that! He loved eating so much that bits of mango and leaves would get stuck in his mouth so we’d irrigate his mouth with a warm water-filled syringe several times a day.
Now he has lost almost all of his teeth, as you can see from this “gummy smile”. Unfortunately, as his adult teeth grew in, they fell out. Ethan has had several surgeries to remove bad teeth, scar tissue and abscesses. And now he has only a few teeth in the back of his mouth so unfortunately he cannot be released. He needs teeth to fight other male rivals and unfortunately he wouldn’t last very long in the jungle without them.
He has a very sweet nature as a submissive male and is a favorite with visitors and volunteers.
Ethan now has a forever home with us here at Refuge for Wildlife!
Ethan has recently been featured in an episode of Monkey Tales! Check it out: