Ramba Update January 2019

Ramba at the roadside zoo in ChileA 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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    Sherry says

    I wish she lived at Global Sanctuary and got the love and care and FREEDOM she deserves!!
    Thank you for the update!

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    Susan says

    Sweet Ramba, and I love that photo. Sending prayers and positive thoughts every day for her move to Sanctuary. ❤️?❤️?❤️?❤️…?❤️…

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    Debbie Sides says

    Sweet Ramba. I dream of the day you get to go home to ESB.

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    Maggie Shrimpton says

    Hi beautiful Ramba, I hope your toe problems are soon resolved. The fight continues to get you to GSE. Love your hat by The Way! Stay strong beautiful girl. ??

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    Carey says

    Hugely glad to have news of Ramba, it is indeed horrible what ex circus and zoo (temple or riding) elephants have to go through. I’m very glad she is under your management and that of of her very nice caregivers. I hope the blowout can be prevented and the poison come out in the best possible way.

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