A team of veterinarians in Tamil Nadu have removed 52 kilograms of plastic from the stomach of a cow. The plastic was removed through a surgery which lasted for over five hours in Vepery, Chennai. The waste in the cow’s stomach also included needles, coin, a screw and pins.
Surgeons from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) operated on the bovine to remove the plastic which was ingested by the bovine over a period of two years probably while foraging for food.
The cow was brought to the TANUVAS, Chennai by its owner after he noticed something was wrong with her. The animal was visibly in pain. It recently gave birth to a calf and had difficulties yielding milk. The animal also struggled to urinate and defecate, and frequently kicked its stomach with its legs.
An X-Ray and Ultrasound scan revealed that the cow’s stomach had plastic which had occupied 75 per cent of the rumen (one of the four chambers of the cow’s stomach).
On Friday, the cow was operated from 11 am to 4:30 pm. The cud also had to be removed from the cow and the cow is being treated with a transplanted cud.