Camel facing camera
Camel facing camera

A camel’s eye trauma

When Bari took a nasty knock to his eye, SPANA vets were quick to the scene to give medical attention.

Camel facing camera

In rural Rajasthan, a state located in western India, camels are integral to many peoples’ lives. Ganesh is one of these individuals who relies on Bari, his camel, to help him deliver nuts and grains to market every day.

On their way into the town square one morning, Bari accidentally collided with a protruding signpost, scratching his eye badly.

 

Inflamed eye of a camel

Bari, meaning ‘Great’ in Hindi, was visibly in pain and Ganesh tried his best to calm the frightened animal. Ganesh called Dr Swami, the director of a SPANA-funded clinic in the region, for help.

Although the vet team had been planning to visit the town in the next week, Dr Swami rearranged his schedule to come and treat Bari right away, providing him with the veterinary help that he desperately needed. 

Within two hours, the team was at the market where Bari patiently waited. The trauma from the accident had caused Bari’s eye to swell painfully. Dr Swami inspected the eye and gave Bari some painkillers to ease his suffering.

Ganesh and his camel, Bari

He administered eye drops and further anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling and advised Ganesh not to work Bari for a few days until his vision had recovered fully.

Dr Swami explained:

‘If Bari went blind in that eye, Ganesh would have difficulty controlling him. He would be at risk of injuring himself or falling over and he would also be a danger to other road users.’

To ensure Bari’s full recovery, he gave additional medication for Ganesh to administer over the following week. 

Ganesh, whose family depends on the income that Bari brings, was relieved that the team came to the rescue so quickly. He said:

‘I’m very happy with the treatment. Without it our camels suffer. My life would be very difficult without Bari.’

Thanks to supporters’ regular donations, SPANA is able to provide care to even more camels across India. In addition, we are training working animal owners across the world to help them better understand how to look after their animals. With your help, we can ensure that a life of work doesn’t mean a life of suffering.

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