Sombo is a 51 year old, female elephant, living a solitary life in the city of Phnom Penh for the last 30 years. She walks a 4km round trip from her living area behind a casino to Wat Phnom temple. Sombo stands at the temple up to 9 hours a day, 4 days a week, with a heavy chair on her back and gives rides to tourists. This poor elephant has appalling feet, and limps due to a painful abscess and overgrown toenails that have been neglected due to her owners greed for money.
On Sat 29th October 2011, EARS funded and supported the entire medical examination for Sombo. Her owners were eager for us to examine their elephant due to her foot condition.
Dr Paolo Martelli, DMV (liege), CertZooMed (RCVS), Chief Veterinarian, Ocean Park, Hong Kong, flew to Phnom Penh to issue a full medical report. His conclusion states that she is painfully lame as a result of pododermatitis, osteitis, ostoelysis, deep sepsis and other lesions. Furthermore, if the lameness is not improved drastically it will lead to degeneration of all joints in all limbs. This will result in an incapacitated animal. The main reason explaining the limb lesions is the lifestyle of the animal which involves walking on hard ground, and walking on hard ground on damaged feet.
SOMBO NEEDS URGENT TREATMENT - Her owners are sadly putting the tourist dollar before their elephant’s health.
EARS will fund the entire medical treatment if this elephant is retired. We are unable to treat her whilst she still walks on hard ground as advised by the vet.
We need YOUR help. We need you to voice your concern by signing this petition to the authorities in Cambodia. Then please share the petition widely on twitter, via facebook, by email and Change.org channels. We must be her voice.
For Sombo Elephant!
For more information about Sombo and how you can assist please visit: www.earsasia.org or www.elephantectivism.org