Jigi, another working donkey of Ségou, pulls a taxi cart carrying people, water and goods for his 14-year-old owner, Oumar. He works long days in intense heat, with his makeshift harness rubbing away at the skin of his thin body.
One day, Oumar noticed Jigi was struggling to breathe. As the days went by, Jigi developed a horrendous cough. It was almost impossible to pull his heavy cart. His nostrils flared and you could see his stomach muscles move as he gasped desperately. A thick white discharge poured from Jigi’s nose. He was hot to touch and refusing food.
Jigi needed help urgently, but Oumar didn’t know where to find it. The nearest veterinary centre was 150 miles away in Mali’s capital. With each day that passed, Jigi grew weaker.
His life was in danger.
Luckily, Oumar heard that SPANA was holding a mobile clinic at the market in Ségou. When our veterinary team saw Jigi, they worked to bring his fever down immediately. They carefully examined Jiji to find the cause of his cough.
Jigi had a severe respiratory infection, with signs of pneumonia. The vets gave him anti-inflammatories and antibiotics to treat the infection and explained to Oumar how to give the daily medication to Jigi. Finally, they cleaned and disinfected Jigi’s harness wounds. Thanks to SPANA’s expert care, Jigi was on the road to recovery.