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Somapane has an ulcer on his eye

By 16th Oct 2012 One Comment

CJ Elephants_Samopane_Oct12_4 blogSomapane’s eye with a tube (to the left) to administer eye drops

Somapane has developed an ulcer on his eye. Veterinarian, Dr Peter Rogers, prescribed antibiotics for the elephant and stitched the eye closed in order to prevent dirt from getting into it. After a week of being stitched closed, his eye was much better, but not completely healed.

Dr Rogers then sedated Somapane and attached a tube from the top of his head all the way into his eyelid in order for the grooms and Simba (head veterinary assistant) to administer eye drops to the elephant three times a day.

Dr Rogers works on a sleeping Somapane's eyeDr Rogers works on a sleeping Somapane’s eye

Grooms, Tigere and Isaac, have reported that Somapane’s eye is showing great improvement. He will continue receiving eye drops until next week, at which time Dr Rogers will decide whether his eye has healed sufficiently to stop the treatment. If so, the tube will be removed. We hope that this gentle giants’ eye is better soon.

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  • robert says:

    How is Somapane doing? We had the good fortune to meet him a couple of weeks ago and that was the first elephant Donna got to ride so we are very eager to hear abouthis progress. Miss Camp Jabu already and can’t wait to get back next year

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