"We Will Miss Her"

After an illness: the beloved monkey passed away

The monkey Smadi, beloved by visitors to the Ramat Gan Safari, became ill with diabetes and after a long period of suffering, and due to the deterioration of her condition, her caregivers euthanized her to ease her pain

macaque monkey (Credit: Tibor Yeger)

After a long period during which Smadi, the beloved monkey residing at the Ramat Gan Safari, dealt with diabetes, and following a deterioration in her condition over the past weekend, the safari's ethics committee was compelled earlier this week to determine that due to her unstable medical condition and the suffering estimated from both her medical state and the treatment, they decided yesterday (Monday) to perform humane euthanasia in order to alleviate her from the extensive suffering she experienced.

Smadi was a black macaque who lived for 26 years at the zoological center, her age was by all accounts extreme, certainly in relation to the life expectancy of the macaques on the island of Silwasi, one of the islands of Indonesia and the home of the black macaques in the wild, where the average life expectancy is about 18 years. Smadi was born in Safari, loved the Safari events and spent time among her friends. Smadi left behind Seder - her 8-year-old daughter.

(Credit: Tibor Yeger)

The danger of extinction hanging over the macaques

The wonderful and intelligent black macaques are in serious danger of extinction mainly because of illegal hunting, after being considered a delicacy in the local culture, and massive destruction of their habitat - the rainforests. Currently the size of the population in the wild is estimated at only about 5000 individuals.

In the last forty years the size of the population has been reduced by over 80% and this is one of the reasons why 26 zoos take part in the European Endangered Species Breeding Program for this species. Because of the favorable conditions in zoos, the lifespan of black macaques is significantly higher than in the wild and can reach over 30 years.

"Smadi will be missed very much"

More than a month ago, the caregivers saw that Smadi looked weak, she was put under anesthesia for comprehensive tests that revealed that she suffers from diabetes. The treatment of diabetes is not particularly complicated, but this is when it comes to humans. With monkeys the situation is more complex and there are several factors that need to be taken into account. The acute treatment she received was composed of a unique treatment protocol formulated together with human diabetes experts.

In the last month, the macaque's sugar levels have not stabilized and she has lost weight to a dangerous level. Following the deterioration that occurred this week, as mentioned earlier, she was euthanized. The safari team said that "throughout all its years and especially during the last treatment of Smadi, the members of the team became attached to this wonderful macaque and we will miss her very much."

0 Comments

Do not send comments that include inflammatory words, defamation, and content that exceeds the limit of good taste.

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

Abu Mazen welcomes ICJ ruling, calling the war "general aggression against our people"

Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen joins Hamas in celebrating the ICJ ruling ordering Israel to cease fire in Rafah and the southern Gaza Strip.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

Sky News Arabia: Hamas welcomes ICJ ruling ordering Israel to cease operations in Rafah

Hamas publicly welcomed the International Court of Justice's ruling that Israel must cease operations in Rafah and the southern Gaza Strip.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

Opposition leader Lapid: ICJ ruling moral collapse; government could and should have prevented it

Opposition leader Yair Lapid expressed outrage at the ICJ ruling calling for a halt to operations in Rafah, while criticizing the government for failing to ensure broader international support.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Cort of Justice

Liberman: UN institutions and the Hague have become terrorist collaborators

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman condemned the ICJ's ruling today, adding that it was a mistake to cooperate with the court in the first place due to its bias.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

ICJ rules Israel must cease operations in Rafah

In an unprecedented step, the International Court of Justice issued an order to Israel to cease operations in Rafah and the southern Gaza Strip.

Yair Amar, JFeed Staff | 24.05.24

Elections, Polls

New Poll: Labour in, Religious Zionism out

A new Lazar-Maariv poll shows relative stability among the parties over the past three months, with the coalition shrinking somewhat and the opposition bloc increasing slightly.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

President Herzog: May the memory of Hanan, Orión, and Michel be blessed

President Herzog posted a message of condolences on X following the news that the bodies of three of the hostages had been extracted and brought to Israel.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Spain

FM Katz: Spanish consulate now prohibited from servicing Palestinians in Judea and Samaria

The move comes after Spain announced its intent to recognize a Palestinian state, alongside the countries of Norway and Ireland.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

PM Netanyahu: We have a national and moral duty to do everything we can to return the hostages - living and dead

The Prime Minister made this statement following the announcement of IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari that three bodies of hostages had been extracted from Gaza and returned to Israel.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

Released for publication: IDF extracts another three bodies of hostages from Gaza

The bodies of three of those taken hostage to Gaza were taken back to Israel last night: Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orion Hernandez.

Guy Ezra, JFeed Staff | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War

IDF eliminates Hamas Beit Hanoun battalion commander

The IDF eliminated Hussien Fiad, the commander of Hamas' Beit Hanoun battalion today.

Avi Woolf | 23.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Northern Front

Watch: IDF strikes Hezbollah targets

The IDF struck Hezbollah military structures and observation posts in different areas over the course of the day.

Avi Woolf | 23.05.24