Jaymati Kali receives special care from a team of health care professionals and mahouts
Last year, we began supporting Jaymati Kali with extra food and supplements. We are very lucky her owner agreed to accept our help. But earlier this month, Jaymati Kali stopped eating. Fortunately, the owner instructed his mahout to take Jaymati Kali to Direct Aid Nepal (DAN) for care. Donna Marshall, Founder of DAN, who is known for having a huge heart, already has seven elephants in her care. Since she would never turn away an elephant in need, Donna welcomed Jaymati Kali despite the financial burden that came as result of her generosity.
Upon examination, the local veterinarian and vet tech determined Jaymati Kali was suffering from an intestinal blockage. Sadly, this is a common and life-threatening condition experienced by many older captive-held elephants in Asia. The blockage is the result of inappropriate or poorly chewed food (due to a lack of teeth) and dehydration. The undigested food forms a large dry mass that cannot move through the intestinal track. The obstruction prevents nutrient absorption and halts normal functions like eating and defecating and causes great abdominal pain. If the obstruction is not removed, the elephant will die.
Jaymati Kali’s emergency treatment included warm water enemas, pain relievers, muscle relaxers, rehydration, slow walks and 24/7 monitoring. Thanks to the compassionate and skilled people at DAN, the blockage was removed and Jaymati Kali is in stable condition. The care team remains on high alert because they know the condition can repeat itself.
Upon arrival in Sauraha, Carol will deliver supplies for Jaymati Kali, including 15 tubes of probiotic to support her intestinal flora.
A huge thank you to everyone who continues to work diligently to help Jaymati Kali and all the elephants in need in Sauraha. We will keep you apprised of her condition.