A cat expert at the animal rescue center rescues and rehabilitates wild cats found in city limits. An ocelot and an orphaned puma cub arrive. As adults, pumas are one color, but they have spots as infants.
People and Pumas (04:10)
Manaus is quickly growing and properties on the outskirts connect to puma habitat. A puma watches a man barbeque, but a barking dog sends him away. When people come face-to-face with pumas, they usually shoot them out of fear.
Sauim Castanheiras is large animal rescue center with people trained to treat every species. A woman finds a sloth stuck in a kennel and calls the center. Sloths are slow moving and cars pose a danger.
Influx of Sloths (04:27)
Many more sloths are moving into Manaus, worrying expertsy. In the wild, sloths live in the rainforest canopy, blending in with the surroundings. Their fur turns green when wet, and they hang for long periods of time, which hides them from predators.
Manaus Sloth Rescue (06:12)
CETAS rescues sloths found all over the city. A male arrives with burned hands and feet; he was electrocuted from climbing power cables. The veterinarian cleans and medicates the burns, and provides food.
Human Impact on Jaguars (02:15)
Jaguars in Manaus are rescued, rehabilitated and released into the rainforest if possible. Some ranches are located on the edge of where jaguars hunt; a jaguar hunts a cow at night. Ranchers sometimes hunt the cats during the day, seeking revenge.
Rescuing Jaguars (03:39)
CIGS rescues animals under threat and specialize in caring for jaguars. An orphan arrives and a veterinarian plays with the cub. Jaguars are nocturnal hunting carnivores that live in the rainforest.
Jaguar Behavior and Health (05:13)
At CIGS, a jaguar expert administers a tranquilizer, so veterinarians can give it a health check. While sedated, the veterinarians take its blood, clip its toenails, and thoroughly clean its teeth. A jaguar in the forest chases coatis.
Influx of Sloths (03:50)
Manaus’ sanctuary is overrun with sloths; a veterinarian feeds a baby two-toed sloth. Climbing in the city is getting sloths in trouble because they are entering people’s houses and pools, and getting caught or killed in traffic. Scientists investigate why there are so many more sloths coming into the city.
Rescue Center (04:27)
The City Center Sanctuary receives animals, gives them a health check, and releases them back into the wild when possible. A male sloth with burned hands and feet is healing quickly. A veterinarian feeds a baby sloth flowers while she tries to work at her desk.
Mating Season (02:55)
Scientists learn that nearly every sloth that enters the city is male; they heard a female mating call. The injured male is fully healed and released into the jungle.
A margay arrives at the sanctuary. The rare species, about the size of a domestic cat, is thought to spend most of its time in treetops. Manaus has a great impact on the animals living in the rainforest.
Credits: Big Hairy Mammals—World's Wildest City: Manaus (00:35)
Credits: Big Hairy Mammals—World's Wildest City: Manaus
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