On a visit to a brick kiln in Solapur in India, our team found two donkeys in need of urgent veterinary care for bite wounds. After treating injuries to their forelegs and backs, the team gave the donkeys vaccines as well as antibiotics to prevent infection. The donkeys had been quite difficult to catch, so while they were there, the team also took the opportunity to talk to the three children looking after them about donkey behaviour and handling.
On returning to the kiln for a check-up, the team were delighted to find that not only were the bite wounds healing and looking healthy, it was also clear that the children had taken on what the team had shown them as they proudly brought the donkeys over using encouraging words and gentle touch. The older brother, Sagar, was so impressed with this technique he promised not to use force with the donkeys again.