Colic treatment working donkey with owner and vet in Morocco

We are delighted to share with you our new edition of Stablemate. Inside, you can read about the impact your generous donations have had on transforming the lives of thousands of working animals as we move through Coronavirus (Covid-19). Thank you so much for your kind support.

In this update, you can learn how we are working to protect animals like Sidiki from deadly tetanus. The donkey was at risk of developing the terrible disease as his painful open wound provided the perfect environment for tetanus bacteria to multiply.

You may be shocked by the story of Dineo, featured below, a working donkey who was attacked by a hippopotamus. In the countries where we work, sadly, many animals experience serious injuries because of the hazardous environments in which they live and work.

And colic may seem like a less dramatic problem, but our vets see thousands of working animals suffering with colic every year – animals like Jad, a donkey from Marrakech who collects recycling. Undetected, these animals can be writhing around in agony from the pain of colic.

It is only thanks to supporters like you that SPANA veterinary teams are able to help and save the lives of working animals like Sidiki, Dineo and Jad, but there are so many more we need to reach.

If you can, please send a kind gift today so we can continue to ease their suffering. Thank you so much.

Working donkey bit by hippopotamus in Botswana
SPANA vets showed Dineo’s owner how to care for his serious wounds

Dineo’s encounter with a hippopotamus

Dineo was crossing the river with his owner, Moses, and another donkey, Thuso, to carry heavy goods to another village in rural Botswana.

Suddenly, they heard a noise from behind. A hippopotamus launched itself at Dineo and started to attack him. The hippopotamus’ sharp tusks dug deep into Dineo’s thin body as he fell down in the river.

Dineo went into a state of deep shock. Moses had to climb on the back of Thuso and use him to drag Dineo out of the river and away from the hippopotamus.

Dineo had multiple wounds on his chest, shoulder, thigh and groin. The hippopotamus had pierced the poor donkey’s body, leaving deep and painful open wounds, exposing red flesh. The hippopotamus’ tusks narrowly missed Dineo’s intestines.

Moses was very worried. He took off his jeans and made them into a bandage to protect Dineo’s wounds. But Dineo was in agony and needed urgent treatment before it was too late.

Luckily, Moses’ employer had heard of SPANA and called our vets. Our mobile clinic team quickly rushed out into the remote area where the poor donkey was waiting.

They cleaned and disinfected Dineo’s wounds, applying a special ointment to help them heal. They gave Dineo some pain relief and sprayed fly repellent around the wounds to stop maggots infesting them. This had to happen daily until the wounds healed. So, SPANA vets showed Moses how to care for Dineo’s wounds and apply the repellent to prevent infection.

Dineo was rescued in time and received the urgent treatment he needed to survive this awful attack.

Please donate today to help our committed teams be there for hardworking animals like Dineo who need urgent treatment for serious wounds.

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