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OMG! 62 spoons removed from 35-year-old man’s stomach

    Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 28 September 2022     In a bizarre case, doctors in India surgically removed 62 spoons from the stomach and one spoon lodged in the intestine of a patient.   The patient named Vijay was brought to Evan Hospital in Muzaffarnagar city of Uttar Pradesh, India, in the second week of September by his family members claiming that he had eaten a steel spoon.   “The patient did not complain of any abdominal pain, but I conducted an examination of his stomach and came to the conclusion that some foreign objects are lodged in his stomach,” said surgeon Dr Rakesh Khurana who conducted the surgery.   The doctor asked the patient to undergo an X-ray examination and was aghast to discover multiple spoons lodged in the patient’s stomach and one in the intestine.   “On being asked, the patient admitted that he had been ingesting spoons for the past one year,” said Dr Khurana.   Sensing the seriousness of the case, the patient was asked to undergo surgery at the earliest.  

Elephant runs amok, mahout escapes by a whisker


Story by Sagaya Fernando

Mumbai: February 27, 2018



mahout (caretaker/driver of an elephant) had a narrow escape in India after the elephant he was riding on went berserk.

The incident took place at Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple at Kottayam district in the southern Indian state of Kerala in the early hours of February 26 during temple festivities.

Videos shot by bystanders show the hapless mahout sitting atop an ornamented and apparently tormented elephant as part of the temple parade. The tusker lost its cool and suddenly turned violent after another jumbo jabbed it with its tusk.

The elephant tried to shake down the mahout with vigorous body movements. The tusker can be seen vigorously moving its head and shaking its body, all the while even as the mahout can be seen clinging to his dear life. In the commotion that followed, a stampede-like situation prevailed and several people were injured.

A few people, safely perched atop the temple structure just above the angry pachyderm, threw a rope down and the mahout grabbed it and was lifted up to safety. As soon as the mahout was pulled up, onlookers can be seen heaving a sigh of relief and cheering.

This incident has once again raised questions about the treatment of captive elephants in India, especially the temple elephants of Kerala.

“Elephants in captivity are being exploited for profit in tourism and in festivals under the guise of religion. Many are forced to stand still for hours on end to bless devotees. It is not in the nature of elephants to be immobile. In their natural habitats in the jungles they continuously walk on foraging for food, but in captivity they are chained and kept immobile which frustrates them and makes them run amok,” says wildlife activist Suparna Ganguly who is the Co-founder Trustee of Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) and Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC), Bengaluru.

She further added, “These tuskers are forced to walk in blistering heat on hot tar roads, stand at one place continuously thereby causing pain to their legs. The captive elephants also get agitated by loud noise like bursting crackers and confined space. Moreover, they are paraded even during their musth -- an annual cycle when the male elephants are in their peak mating season, characterized by highly aggressive behavior. Unable to withstand the heat and pain, elephants run amok.” 




















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