Cow strangling on embedded rope rescued
We got word that an abandoned cow at the city dump was slowly strangling on rope tied around her neck that was so tight it was embedded in her neck. The rope must have been tied when she was much younger and over time slowly started to cut into her neck. The filth and flies at the garbage dump caused the wound to get infested with maggots that were eating away at her flesh putting her in imminent and grave danger.
We found her standing in garbage and burning debris with a group of other abandoned cows. We knew from the start that this rescue would be tough. The hardest place to catch a feral animal is in a wide open space, because there’s no place to get them into a corner.
The moment we approached the herd, they started to flee and a 4 hour search through garbage and jungle ensued. She would disappear from sight and 20 or 30 minutes later one of us would catch a glimpse of her going around a hill. Right when we were close to giving up so that we could move on to other pending rescues, she came back into sight and we were able to catch her.
Back at Animal Aid we cut away the rope, cleaned and bandaged the wound and after 4 weeks of daily wound dressing she beautifully healed.
It’s painful to imagine what would have happened to her without rescue. She would have suffered immensely.
Every life is precious.
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