Ray the foal from Botswana with his owners Joel and Mpho Gubago

Young Ray, is a six-month-old foal from the Matsaudi village in Maun, Botswana. When he is old enough, he will work on his owners’ cattle farm.

Sadly, Ray was attacked by a wild leopard, leaving him with multiple injuries over his body, including painful claw and bite wounds.

His owners – brothers Joel and Mpho Gubago – were extremely worried about Ray. But thankfully, the SPANA mobile clinic was passing through the village and came to the rescue.

Ray’s wounds were cleaned by the SPANA team and they also applied antibiotic cream to prevent the wounds becoming infected. They also gave him medicine to help with the pain and sprayed him with a repellent to keep flies away.

They stressed to Joel and Mpho how important it was to keep Ray’s wounds as clean and free from flies as possible to allow the best chance of healing.

SPANA’s advice

Ray the foal from Botswana fully healedTo prevent this from happening again, SPANA advised Joel and Mpho to bring their horses, especially the foals, into a fenced enclosure at night, so they can be guarded and kept away from wild animals.

The team conducted regular follow-up checks on Ray to keep an eye on his recovery. They were pleased to see that, after five weeks, his wounds had completely healed.

The brothers were very thankful to SPANA. They said:

There is nowhere to go for help. But we heard of SPANA and called you. SPANA helped us treat the injuries, gave us treatment to follow on with and showed us how to handle the horses more calmly.

Share SPANA's work

Latest Updates

  • Ayman the foal say hi to Abood who lovingly strokes his head.

    SPANA Jordan Country Director Dr Ghazi recently welcomed an unexpected new addition – a newborn donkey foal whose mother had sadly died the previous night…

  • Young boy hugging brown donkey foal

    Donkey foal Kofi was in terrible pain when he came to the SPANA centre. His two young owners were anxious to help him. Read about…

2 comments on “A young foal faces a leopard attack

  1. Jackie Bell on

    I hate to think of this poor foal being attacked by a leopard but pleased the story has had a happy ending. If these people are more educated to looking after and caring for their animals better these horses and donkeys would have a better life. I hate to read stories of poor donkeys and horses being worked to death and receiving no vet treatment for their health issues. Some of these poor animals have a horrendous life because people are not educated enough to look after their animals better.

  2. Betsy and David Borthwick on

    Such a heartwarming story and it so nice to know the brothers were aware and grateful for the help they received from SPANA. It lovely to know they will all benefit from this help and advice.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *