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1 July 2000 Immobilization of Wild Ocelots with Tiletamine and Zolazepam in Southern Texas
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Telazol® was used to immobilize nine wild ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) captured in box-traps in southern Texas (USA) between May 1997 and April 1998. Mean (±SD) intramuscular dosage rate of 5.05 (±0.76) mg/ kg produced an induction time of 3.7 ± 1.8 min. Duration of cataleptic anesthesia was 67.4 ± 19.8 min and ocelots stood 50.0 ± 30.7 min after emergence from cataleptic anesthesia. Ocelots recovered to their preinjection condition 129.7 ± 28.8 min after first standing and 250.8 ± 55.1 min after initial injection. We observed no adverse reactions to Telazol® aside from minor loss of thermoregulatory control. Telazol® administered at 5 mg/kg was an effective and safe immobilizing agent for wild ocelots.

Shindle and Tewes: Immobilization of Wild Ocelots with Tiletamine and Zolazepam in Southern Texas
David B. Shindle and Michael E. Tewes "Immobilization of Wild Ocelots with Tiletamine and Zolazepam in Southern Texas," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 36(3), (1 July 2000). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-36.3.546
Received: 22 March 1999; Accepted: ; Published: 1 July 2000
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