Vet calls for urgent medical care for elephants in Pakistan

30 November 2021, 13:44

The two elephants
Pakistan Elephants. Picture: PA

One of the creatures requires complicated surgery to remove damaged and infected tusks, a report for Four Paws claimed.

The head of a team of vets has called for urgent medical care for a pair of elephants in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi.

Dr Frank Goeritz, whose team was dispatched by the Four Paws global animal welfare group to examine four elephants in total, reported that one the creatures needs a “complicated” surgery to remove damaged and infected tusks.

A second elephant has dental problems and a medical issue with a foot, according to the vets.

Such “diseases are very painful and can lead to life-threatening situations in elephants”, the vets said, according to a report prepared by Dr Goeritz.

Pakistan Elephants
The head of the team of vets demanded urgent medical care for the creatures (AP)

The group said a Pakistani court in Karachi had asked for the animal welfare experts to assess the wellbeing of the four elephants in Karachi Zoo and Karachi Safari Park.

Overall, Dr Goeritz said, the health of the two elephants, plus two more he examined, is good.

Dr Goeritz also submitted his medical report about the condition of elephants to a local court, which sought help from the animal welfare organisation to determine if any of the elephants suffered from disease.

The visit by the vets comes a year after the rescue of a male elephant named Kaavan, who was transferred from Islamabad to Cambodia and now lives in an elephant sanctuary.

Kaavan had languished in the Islamabad zoo for 35 years, spending most of that time in chains. It also lost its partner in 2012.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Royal visit to Poland – Day Two

Poland’s ex-president Lech Walesa diagnosed with Covid

Abortion March for Life

Largest US abortion protest could be last under Roe

M&M’s packets

Mars gives M&M’s a makeover to promote inclusivity

A dose of the Pfizer vaccine is prepared

Booster shots needed against Omicron, new studies show

A soldier lights a torch from the eternal flame

Relocation of war memorial flame causes controversy in India

The town of Futaba in Japan

Former residents return to last town left deserted following Fukushima disaster

Rory Stewart has called on Europe to provide Ukraine with weapons

Europe must 'provide weapons to Ukraine' for defence against Russia, Rory Stewart warns

Matthew Wilson was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

British doctor killed after gun fired 'recklessly' by neighbour as he lay in bed in US

Antony Blinken, left, and Sergey Lavrov in Geneva

US and Russia try to lower temperature amid ‘critical moment’ in Ukraine crisis

People queue to receive a Covid vaccine in Kathmandu, Nepal

Tough restrictions imposed in Nepal amid record number of virus cases

Antony Blinken greets Sergey Lavrov

Top US and Russian diplomats hold talks on Ukraine amid ‘critical moment’

Lisala Folau in Tonga

Tonga’s ‘Aquaman’ describes swim to safety after tsunami swept him out to sea

People wearing protective masks in Tokyo

Japan widens virus restrictions as Omicron variant surges in cities

Czech folk singer Hana Horka has died, her son has confirmed.

Anti-vax Czech singer dies after deliberately contracting coronavirus

Naval exercise in the Indian Ocean

Iran, Russia and China begin joint naval exercise

Marine gear

Search on for humpback whale entangled in debris off Hawaii