The veterinary doctors have removed 30 kgs of plastic from the stomach of a six-month pregnant buffalo. Sounds unbelievable?
Hold your breath and read on. That is not alone. Apart from the unborn calf, doctors found iron nails, glass pieces, along with reams and reams of plastic in her stomach.
But don’t suspect, it is a true story. It has happened at Parthardi area of Nashik in Maharashtra. Two veterinary surgeons operated on a buffalo belonging to Nashik resident Kashinath and removed 30kg of plastic from her stomach. The buffalo had been unwell for over a month. Her stomach would swell even when she ate a little hay. At such times her discomfort was visible.
The family initially treated her with home remedies, but when the buffalo stopped eating, the family decided to consult veterinary surgeon who diagnosed her with a digestive problem and prescribed some medicines. Although the medication gave the animal temporary relief, she continued to suffer. Then the family got worried after her health deteriorated again, especially since she was pregnant.
After consulting district veterinary officer, the family decided to operate on the buffalo’s stomach. The veterinary doctors who cut open her stomach were in for surprise as the stomach was filled with filth. The doctors pulled out 30kg of plastic, pieces of floor tiles, glass pieces, and a couple of iron nails from her stomach.
This is not isolated incidents, especially in urban areas in the city. Experts say that a large number of cattle in the city have at least 10 to 20kg of plastic in their bodies. And since the plastic remains in the stomach, it becomes difficult for the animal to eat anything. It finally dies of starvation.
It has only one remedy, people have to stop using and throwing plastic bags on the streets as we have to understand that we are playing with the lives of animals.
So, kindly remember this incident before throwing plastic bags in public.