By Taniya Dutta
This is the moment veterinarian surgeons removed 187 pound of plastic waste from the stomach of an abandoned bull in India.
The seven-year-old bull now named as Nandi was found with bloated stomach on a road in Pimpri on April 23.
Some locals informed activists from RESQ foundation who immediately rescued him and brought him to their centre where he was operated upon on April 29.
Apart from his unusually bloated stomach, Nandi could barely stand due to his back being bent with the load on his internal organs. Volunteers realised that a rumenotomy was needed and performed the surgery immediately.
The surgeons removed 85 kg of plastic waster and metal pieces including nails and glass in a two-and-a-half hour surgery.
Dr Chetan Vanjari, the veterinary surgeon who operated on Nandi, said, “We found that the plastic in his stomach had rolled into a ball.
“It seemed that he had been eating plastic for the past 6 or 7 years.
“When we brought him here he couldn’t even breathe properly due to the pressure on his lungs.
“After the operation he is now able to stand slowly on his own.”
“People still use plastic bags to dispose of food waste. Animals cannot differentiate between plastic and food and they swallow both after smelling the latter.
“The plastic sometimes comes out through waste, but if the animal has been eating it for a long time, it accumulates like in Nandi’s case.”
Activists also emphasised that such cases are on the rise since the beef ban came into place. They claimed that they are getting at least five such cases every month now. While the number of large animals they had treated in 2016 was 148, in 2017, they treated 246 abandoned cattle.
Fiyana Elavia, director of RESQ Charitable Trust, said, “Some 70 per cent of the cases that come to us have this problem and it has increased since the beef ban started. While the government has drafted a law banning slaughter, there is no policy about the aftermath.”
Meanwhile, Nandi has recovered and his appetite has returned.
Volunteers are now trying to get him adopted once he is discharged from the centre.