The vets’ suspicions were confirmed when they found a very hard, large mass blocking Ye’ Aung’s throat. The team carefully removed the lump and were shocked to find that the animal had been suffering with a 1.6 kg mass of compacted sugarcane and rice lodged in his throat.
They suspected that Ye’ Aung had eaten too quickly at the end of a long day of work and because of this and a lack of water, the mass had gotten stuck.
Once the mass had been removed, the relief was almost instantaneous and Ye’ Aung began drinking and eating immediately. To replenish lost water and electrolytes, the team administered fluids every five hours and kept a close eye on the recovering elephant. Within a matter of days, the elephant was back to normal energy levels and strong enough to return to work.
Thurein was visibly relieved, saying:
‘Ye’ Aung is my livelihood. I don’t know what I would do if he couldn’t work. Thank you so much SPANA.’
Thanks to SPANA’s regular mobile clinic visits to this region of Myanmar, elephants like Ye’ Aung can live longer, healthier lives, free from suffering. These clinics provide free health check-ups, vaccinations and emergency care and are a lifeline in this otherwise inaccessible region.