A sea urchin who nearly died in a church in Venezuela, but was saved and is still alive

Veterinarian Grecia Marquís reports on her Instagram account that she has rescued Ipsulutal, an endemic species in Mexico that is in danger of extinction, that was abandoned in a church located in Venezuela.

“Over two weeks ago, they found him abandoned in the church, and called me to ask for help and to prevent him from dying. I have since adopted him,” Marquez, who is also part of Fundación Plumas y Colas en Libertad, wrote.

The specimen did not have legs, however, the vet expressed confidence that new models will soon appear because these amphibians have the ability to regenerate limbs, organs and tissues: “I learned a lot about them and am still planning their space, but they have grown and they are very good. Something happened to their legs, and they arrived Without them, but they will grow up.”

Finally, in this post, which was released on November 3, he mentioned about the amphibian: “It’s an albino Absolutl. He really trusts me and loves to eat from my hands. I hope to make him a much better pond soon.”

Greece also shared two videos that can be seen while feeding Absolutl, and it is estimated that her front limbs are missing.

On November 20, Grecia Marquís released a new post along with two videos showing that the animal has already regenerated its legs and grown a lot.

Today, Absolutel has gained great popularity all over the world and is sold as a pet both in Mexico and other countries. In Mexico it can be found on sale from $500 to $5,000 pesos. Elsewhere, such as Angelfish Aquatics in the UK, it costs 80 pounds, or about $107.

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Although there are many specimens in captivity, it is an endangered species because in the places where it lives in the wild, very few are left.

An example of this is what is happening in the Xochimilco wetlands. Luis Zambrano Gonzalez, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) who leads a rescue project for this species, pointed out That in 1998 there were 6000 samples per square kilometer and in 2014 it was terribly reduced, becoming only 36 sea urchins, so it is considered that they will completely disappear in about 10 years.

The reasons for its decline in population are: poor water quality, the introduction of fish such as carp and tilapia that eat their eggs, and the disappearance of the kinambas, because they are their source of food and where they are taken refuge.

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