Vets reschedule Karachi Zoo elephant’s surgery

Published August 17, 2022
One of the elephants with an infected tusk is standing in the cage in the zoo as foreign veterinary experts discuss its health problem on Tuesday. —Fahim Siddiqi / White Star
One of the elephants with an infected tusk is standing in the cage in the zoo as foreign veterinary experts discuss its health problem on Tuesday. —Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

KARACHI: International experts currently visiting Karachi Zoo had to postpone the two-tusk operation of an elephant scheduled for Tuesday as two surgeons could not arrive in the city due to bad weather conditions.

“The team couldn’t arrive today as planned yesterday due to bad weather conditions in Turkey. They will now come on Wednesday [today] early morning,” Dr Aamir Khalil of Four Paws, a global animal welfare group, told Dawn.

He added that preparations had been made for the operation.

The surgery, experts say, is unique as it would be carried out under a ‘standing sedation’.

It might be recalled that Madhubala and Noor Jehan, the two female elephants housed in Karachi Zoo, have been suffering from damaged and infected tusks for several years, keeping them in constant pain.

The problem was first identified by Four Paws’ team, which was invited for examination of elephants last year following court’s intervention in the case.

Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

More leaks
Updated 29 Sep, 2022

More leaks

Recent leaks look more like an inside job than the work of a foreign power.
A depressing winter
29 Sep, 2022

A depressing winter

WINTER is on its way, with a massive gas crunch looming as elevated global LNG prices have eroded the cash-strapped...
Great expectations
29 Sep, 2022

Great expectations

CONSIDERING that the Afghan Taliban have been in the saddle for over a year now, the UN has expressed frustration...
The whole truth
28 Sep, 2022

The whole truth

THE war on truth has never been more relentless than it is today. Authoritarianism is on the rise and purveyors of...
Real-world trolls
Updated 28 Sep, 2022

Real-world trolls

It's reprehensible how PTI supporters now seem convinced that politicians from opposing camps aren't entitled to basic dignity.
Islamabad wildlife
28 Sep, 2022

Islamabad wildlife

PRESERVING biodiversity is low on the list of priorities of both state and society. However, successful attempts at...