Izara and her foal’s story
Fantu, a six-month-old foal from Angolea, Ethiopia, follows his mum Izara everywhere she goes. Izara provides him the comfort, safety and love that he needs. Sadly, twice a day the young foal sees his mum carrying 100 litres of water on her back, struggling more than normal as he trails after her. Izara has to carry water for her owner’s cows but she can’t stop coughing. Her whole body heaves as she struggles to inhale. Izara’s airways are so constricted by mucus that it’s like she is trying to breathe through a straw.
Sadly, Izara’s awful struggle to breathe is becoming all too common for working animals.
Worryingly, more working animals like Izara are developing infectious diseases in the current Covid-19 crisis, especially respiratory ones. At the watering hole Izara travels to each day, weak and wheezing working animals huddle together while their owners pick up supplies. As they graze together and interact, contagious respiratory diseases quickly spread.
Now, because of the pandemic, respiratory diseases are reaching epidemic proportions. Healthy and unhealthy abandoned animals are mingling even more as they desperately search for food or water. With a lack of food and veterinary care, animal welfare standards are low, as are the immune systems of working animals. As a result, they are more at risk of developing diseases.
Working animals like Izara urgently need your help to prevent a lifetime of struggle.
Without treatment, Izara’s lungs could grow weaker. Bacteria could then take hold and lead to her developing pneumonia. She’d be unable to work and to look after her foal, who would be at high risk of getting pneumonia too – and have an even lower chance of surviving.