A little Ramba update. She is doing well, and her limp has improved. Today her caregivers noticed that it looks like she will have a small blowout over the nail she’s had problems with since her circus days.
One of the biggest struggles with foot issues is that infections can go deep within the foot and remain there for years, then break through the surface. Part of Ramba’s care routine has been foot soaks to try to prevent any blowouts, and she rarely has them, but they can still happen. This week we will switch her treatment regimen to something more appropriate for an active abscess in hopes of preventing it from getting much worse. Unfortunately, sometimes these occurrences need to play themselves out a bit before resolving.
Thankfully Ramba doesn’t seem too uncomfortable, and when these kinds of problems are caught early and already receiving preventative measures, they tend not to get too bad. Sadly they are a part of life for many captive elephants kept on hard surfaces or standing in their own waste for hours on end. Even though that life is far behind Ramba, we still need to deal with the impact it’s had on her body.
She continues to eat well, graze and walk around her habitat and is her sweet as always self.
January 24, 2019
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