It’s been a while since we’ve done an update on Rana’s eye. It is showing substantial but slow improvement.
For those who don’t know, Rana developed a papilloma on her left eyelid several months ago. It’s the “white thing” near her eye that is noticeable in many photos (you can see it in this photo, taken earlier this week). They can occur on any elephant but are more common in African elephants than Asian elephants. They can appear anywhere on the body, and most of the treatments generally used on papillomas cannot be used this close to her eye safely.
Thankfully, despite its location, it doesn’t seem to cause her discomfort nor interfere with her vision. We’ve used a few different treatments over this time period to figure out what works.
Rana receives treatment for it every other day. It seems to do best when we alternate days – that gives the cells a chance to heal a little and “close up” on the outside. If we wait longer and try it every three days, it builds up a bit of a film, and our treatments don’t have the same impact. It’s probably around half the size it was when we introduced laser therapy as part of its treatment.
We will continue to treat it until it is 110% – that is, we’ll continue treatment for a bit after it fully heals to make sure it is gone for good.
Photo: Rana grazing in a pasture.
March 29, 2020
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Kelejan saysMarch 29, 2020 at 2:51 pm
Is it painful? What happens to an untreated papilloma? She certainly trusts you working so near her eye.
EleComposer saysMarch 30, 2020 at 11:15 am
It bothered her before we started treatments – she would blow on it or rub it, which she no longer does. So we assume it doesn’t hurt her as she doesn’t respond when we treat it or clean it. If we don’t clean it, it gets very goopy and starts to attract flies. There’s a possibility that if we don’t treat it, it will grow (it won’t get smaller on its own) and because it’s by her eye, we don’t want it to impede her vision. Hopefully, it will go away with the treatments.
Keleljan saysMarch 30, 2020 at 11:57 am
Thank you so much for that explanation. I would be wonderful if it complete disappeared.
Gillian saysMarch 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm
You never cease to amaze me.Thank you for taking good care of Rana’s eye.Please keep safe.
SHEILA saysMarch 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm
sweet lovely lady? rana. thank you ??for the treatments! i hope this papilloma will disappear totally shrink and fall off eventually as im sure it blocks some of her vision slightly. i.m very sure being the lovely lady she is she definitely knows you are helping her. with this burden around her eye!
Heidi saysMarch 29, 2020 at 3:19 pm
Thank you for your dedication! Rana appreciates it.
Jacqueline Leighton saysMarch 29, 2020 at 3:48 pm
Thankyou for what u do for her
carey saysMarch 29, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Thats great news , I’m very glad to hear it. Thinking about you having to touch so close to her eye she must be v trusting, and probably understands its all helping. She deserves the best this lovely ele
JoAnn Merriman Eaton saysMarch 29, 2020 at 5:19 pm
So happy to hear the update on Rana’s eye ‘thing’. Down In size by 50% is great progress. ??
Carol saysMarch 29, 2020 at 7:17 pm
How blessed is our Rana, that these state of the art medical treatments are available to her! We are all so grateful for the painstaking care and attention that is given to all the girls. Be well!
Lane Olson saysMarch 30, 2020 at 12:48 am
As the virus begins to expand in Brazil, please be careful. We send you healing wishes every day.
Rosie P saysMarch 30, 2020 at 4:07 am
Thank you so very much for all the care you bestow on our lovely girls. Such dedication.
Much love to you all! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Nancy Nortell saysMarch 30, 2020 at 11:46 am
I hope it continues to improve!!!
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