Our teams working in Ethiopia often come across donkeys that have been attacked and bitten by hyenas. Left untreated, the wounds can quickly become infected and cause various health problems for the donkey. Very often, the attacks take place at night time when the donkeys are tied up at the home; without fencing there is nothing to protect the donkeys from these wild animals.
50-year old Gebreyes recently brought his donkey Sintayehu to our clinic, as she had been bitten by a hyena. He was extremely concerned about his family's future as Sintayehu is used seven days a week to transport grain and firewood as well as to cultivate his land.
He had travelled seven kilometres to get to our hospital in Debre Zeit, which is open every day of the week for emergencies, and was able to get the free treatment he needed to save her life. Without this service, Gebreyes would have washed and cleaned Sintayehu’s wound himself but would have no access to the veterinary supplies needed to treat the wound properly.