A team of six vetenary doctors in southern Ethiopia has successfully removed 50kg of plastic from a cow in a three hours surgery and the cow is alive and well, according to ” Dr Firaol Waaqoo.
Dr. Waaqoo said cows can ingest plastics because of lack of pasture or minerals, and the way people disposing of plastic materials is also becoming a problem for the health of livestock.
Last month, the animal’s owner Areerii Carii brought another of his cows to the vets who removed 20kg of plastic from its stomach.
Dr. Waaqoo said he trusted them because they have helped him before.
The Borana people of Ethiopia’s Oromo region are pastoralists who are heavily dependent on livestock but the area they inhabited is semi-arid with little rain.