She won't forget that in a hurry: Elephant
rubs her eye in disbelief after cataract op to restore her sight. Duchess,
a 43-year-old Asian elephant, only has the one eye left.
She had been able to do little more than
distinguish between light and dark for years. Put under by anaesthetists
for around three hours while the delicate operation was carried out Seems
to be recovering well and was tenderly rubbing the sore eye with her trunk
It was a truly mammoth undertaking, but Duchess the blind elephant will
finally be able to see again after receiving what was quite possibly the
world's largest ever cataract operation.
The 43-year-old Asian elephant, who
only has the one eye left, had been able to do little more than distinguish
between light and dark for years.
But thanks to surgeons at Paignton
Zoo, Devon, she should soon be able to see clearly once again.
The huge creature was put under by
anaesthetists David Burton and Jo Jago for around three hours, while the
delicate operation was carried out by consultant ophthalmologist Jim Carter
and assistant John Lewis. After she came round Duchess seemed to be fine
and was tenderly rubbing the sore eye with her trunk.
The first ever elephant cataract operation
in the UK:* Duchess prepares for her treatment for a cataract, to hopefully
regain sight in one eye.
A delicate tusk:* Duchess's trunks rest on
sand-bags as the groundbreaking operation is carried out.