The rubbish dump donkeys of Bamako
Every day, dozens of working donkeys haul heavy carts through mountains of rotting waste and sharp objects on the rubbish dumps of Bamako, Mali.
Ozo the donkey leads a difficult life helping his young owner Bakary to make a meagre living.
Bakary was very worried to see that his donkey was steadily losing weight and getting weaker. He brought his donkey to the SPANA mobile clinic, where the team diagnosed parasites and poor dental care as the causes of Ozo’s malnutrition, which would only worsen if left untreated.
Ozo was taken to the SPANA veterinary centre where he was immediately given anti-parasitic medication. The team also rasped the donkey’s teeth, ensuring that he could eat comfortably. Like horses, donkeys’ teeth grow continually throughout their lives, but if the teeth do not wear down evenly, it can be difficult for them to grind and digest their food properly.
Thankfully, following the treatment, Ozo made a swift recovery, gaining weight and energy.
Bakary was advised to bring Ozo to the centre at least once a year to have his teeth rasped. He said: ‘Thank you SPANA. Ozo is eating again and I know what I must do in the future.’