Working animals are the backbone of life in Ethiopia. Every day, millions of horses, donkeys and mules are used in agriculture and for transporting food, water and people. Without these animals, many people would be unable to provide for their family. These people include Teklay.
Teklay’s nine-year-old horse, Bora, supports Teklay and his family of five by transporting goods around Batu – a town south of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Without Bora, Teklay would have no income.
As Bora is so important to his livelihood, Teklay takes great care of him. So, Teklay was incredibly concerned when he noticed that Bora’s eyes – and the skin around his eyes – looked sore and irritated. Bora kept rubbing his head against posts and fences in an effort to ease his discomfort, but this only made the irritation worse. Teklay knew that Bora needed help straight away.
Luckily, Teklay learnt that the SPANA mobile veterinary clinic would be visiting Batu that week to provide free treatment to working animals. Keen to ensure his horse received the treatment he so desperately needed, Teklay took Bora along.