Since I wrote a couple of blogs about Kabang, (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2012/10/14/phl-hero-dog-goes-to-us-for-face-surgery/ and https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/tag/kabang/), the hero dog from Zamboanga, who gained worldwide attention when her fealty and braveness, which nearly killed her, was reported on Philippine TV, I thought it would be fitting to write about her again if only to let those who showed sympathy, concern and love for the dog know what has become of her now.
After funds were raised for the dog’s trip and treatment at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in the US, it has been reported that Kabang is now preparing for a trip back home where he belongs and where the Bunggal family, the owners, are eagerly expecting the return of the now famous pet.
Apparently, Kabang had a successful maxillofacial surgery done on her that lasted for five hours. This involved closing the wound from the loss of her upper snout “with skin flaps pulled from the top and sides of her head.”
The UC-Davis vets also is said to have “reconstructed (Kabang’s) nasal openings and inserted stents in those passages to allow for two permanent new nostrils to form.”
“She is now very playful, back to her old self, although her body is adjusting to the two stents that were inserted on her nasal openings. Once it’s fully healed, the stents can be removed and that will serve as her permanent opening, like a nose,” Dr. Anton Maria Lim, Kabang’s personal veterinarian said.
But, even from the very beginning the vets seemed skeptical of being able to replace Kabang’s damaged upper snout and jaw with prosthetics.
They said that Kabang might have realized early on that there was no way her upper snout could be restored that she learned to “curl her tongue back into her mouth to scoop food.”
She is now also able to eat and drink “without any complications” but will remain in the ICU until, at least, she has her sutures removed,” the hospital bulletin said.
Lim said many families in the United States expressed interest to adopt Kabang but “she has to return home.”
Mid-May is Kabang’s estimated departure from the US.
I can only thank those who, wholeheartedly, participated, one way or the other, in saving Kabang’s life.
The hero dog deserved no less.