Fishan, meaning 'something smaller'. In September 2018, one of the older bulls of the Jabulani Herd, Fishan, stepped into a deep hole and fractured his ulna bone in his front left leg. It was a serious injury that required the attention of some of South Africa's top wildlife veterinarians. He underwent two procedures to treat his leg and for four months Fishan could not walk far distances and stayed back during the day in the stables area while the rest of the herd spent their days in the wild.
Three years later Fishan is walking much better than ever. over the years he has a developed a pressure sore on the elbow of his leg that he injured as that is the side he leans on when resting and sleeping, freeing his healthy leg to get him up. The sore is looking much better, it still requires daily cleaning, he may have it for quite some time to come, Fishan also still experiences some stiffness in the cooler months that requires anti-inflammatory support.
Fishan has a slight limp now, like humans, a skeletal break can lead to chronic pain especially in the winter months. It is important to keep the pressure wound clean to prevent infection. Fishan wound is flushed with the Chlorhexidine and then the Colloidal Silver, which cleans and disinfects the wound. Traumeel is used in the supportive treatment of these kind of injuries for the relief of pain and inflammation.
Fishan back with the herd, enjoying the wilderness as an elephant should, Fishan continues to go from strength to strength. He loves walking through and foraging in the bush with his herd, albeit now slightly slower and with a slight limp. He is also loving his time swimming, more than ever. We suspect that the water helps to take some of the pressure off his weight and offers some cooling comfort to his body. We look forward to continuing to watch Fishan thrive among the Jabulani herd.
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