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Saved a little burro from a slow, painful death...cost $11.00...

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When we returned from Cuenca, we noticed that a little female burro was sort of camped outside our bedroom window in the vacant lot next door.  That is kind of strange, since they really do pack together, and when you see one, there are usually several others.

The next day, we saw that she had a baseball sized hole in her side that was oozing blood.  We immediately thought that she might have been hit by a car, and hoped that her body would repair the damage, and that she would be OK.

Not to be...when we asked Alfredo what had caused this problem, he replied that it was that she was attacked by flies and other insects, who opened up a wound in her skin, and then laid eggs it the wound.  It seems that these larva don't just become flies later, there are also worms involved, and they just keep eating the burro from the inside.    (Now, I got this story in Spanish, so if some of you Ranchers or Vets out there have a more accurate way of describing this problem, please make a comment.)

So, the poor burro just sort of wastes away, bleeding all the while.

Well, this was just devastating news to Rox and me, and we asked if there was anything that could help her.  Alfredo replied, that "sure, there is medicine for it".  I figured that the medicine must cost a fortune, because this poor animal had obviously been suffering with this problem for a long time. 

So...when the buzzards arrived, I asked Alfredo just what is the cost of this medicine, anyway?  He said ten bucks.  (For you purists...they were after the old blood that the poor thing was leaking every night...)

Then we asked what do we have to do?

He replied that we had to go the the big animal vet in Olon, and get poison and antibiotics.  So...off we went.  They told me to wait in the car, since Olon is full of rich Gringos, and the price would go way up if they saw it was me who was buying.

So...in a few minutes, Alfredo comes out with a huge syringe, a large bottle of antibiotics, and a spray can of poison...which he says will kill the stuff on the outside and the worms on the inside.

We arrive back at the lot next door, and I provide a rope for a lasso, and Alfredo gets a ringer the second time he throws the rope, and we lead the little burro over to a tree and secure her, so that everyone would be safe.

She is a good patient, and lets Alfredo inject the 5 cc's of antibiotic into her neck muscle.  She was a little antsy as the poison was sprayed directly onto her wound.  And, who wouldn't be...it probably hurt a bunch!

After spraying her, Alfredo gave her a Zucchini to eat, provided by Rox...



In this shot, you see the old and the new way of doing this job...Alfredo had Isidro run over and get a bunch of ashes from the burn pile, and he is throwing the ashes into the treated wound.  He says this will help discourage the flies.  He also mentioned that the poison will begin working to kill all the bad bugs that are inside her.




The picture up top is the burro after the work was done.


Tonight we do it all again...but Alfredo says that this treatment will take care of the problem...we hope so...but I wouldn't have spent the eleven bucks any other way...



Posted on Sat, March 27, 2010 at 08:15AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments5 Comments

Reader Comments (5)

What a wonderful thing for you to do! We are big animal lovers, active in several organizations that assist animals of all types. I'm glad to hear there is a vet nearby; are vets common along the coast, or only in larger cities? We will be moving to Ecuador with our cats, so proximity to a vet is one of our concerns. Also, do you know of any animal rescue/assistance organizations in Ecuador?

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRon Farmer

Hi Ron...We are thankful that Alfredo knows what to do with the medicine. To answer your question about Vets...There are a good number of them, so you just need to find one that you like. We tend to look for a caring attitude, not just technical skill.
We have not seen much in the way of animal rescue organizations. We would speculate that there might be some in the major cities.
Don't forget the old "hierarchy of needs" that you learned about in Psychology, or was it physiology? In a society where there is a large number of folks living way below the poverty line, their immediate concerns are for their families, and animal care comes in second...

March 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne

Saw the same thing in Bali, Indonesia. The dogs walked around town full of mange and other ailments that are so easily treated.

If I ever go back I'd like to learn how to give a shot and bring a suitcase full of medicine.

The people are wonderful but they do place the animal on a lower rung.

Many of our pets in North America live in better riches than people around the globe.

I'm so happy that the burro found you and Rox
Shelagh and Peter

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelagh

Bob & Rox, you are my kind of people! Poor burro. I am sure your big heart is going to find more opportunites in Ecuador!.

March 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Hello Bob and Rox,I was so touched by your donkey story. Brought tears to my eyes. When we lived in Auburn, Ca. we had Jack a donkey just like the one in the pictures. We loved him dearly. He would follow us when ever we had projects in the pastures and hang his head over our shoulders as though to say "what are you doing" We also aquired another minuture we named Max. He also was a love.
We very much understand your story. Kudos to you both for your taking on this project.

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie and Bruce

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