After a thorough examination I discovered the buffalo was pregnant, so I immediately asked a specialized vet to have a look at her. The vet arrived immediately and administered some injections for pain relief and to arrest the bleeding. The buffalo got up with people cheering her on, and though she collapsed again at other end of the road, she seemed to be feeling much better.
48 hours later I went to investigate the condition of the buffalo. I was informed that she had started eating well. I dressed the wound again and have left enough medical aids with the girl. I shall be personally attending the buffalo until her wound is healed. The coming days are going to be difficult, as this will be a big expenditure in terms of fodder and medical supplies.
Update on the buffalo from Darshak Shah:
She is doing very well and recovering slowly with twice-daily treatment of the wound as advised by the vet.
However, she is still traumatised and afraid if anyone approaches her. The girl looking after her has had to take time to establish a rapport, making Darshak think the previous owner mistreated her.
Darshak thanks all his supporters who helped in raising funds for medicine and will be giving his personal attention to the buffalo until she recovers.
This could take another 2 months as the wound is very big and it will take time to heal.
As of March 6, we hear the buffalo is recovering. Darshak says he visited her today and found her enjoying a bath with a little massage. She is responding well to the girl who is taking care of her at her place.
There is no problem as such related to her health, but one which they are facing is her fodder. When they approached a few gawshalas – cow shelters – for grass and fodder, they refused, even though they were willing to pay.
As the buffalo doesn’t eat anything else apart from grass and their own fodder, this is currently a problem for them.