Pakistani startup Bioniks building artificial limb for Cammie the camel

Pakistani robotics company Bioniks is manufacturing a prosthetic leg for Cammie, a young camel who recently suffered a leg amputation. The initiative, a collaboration between Bioniks and local animal welfare NGO CDRS Benji, aims to restore Cammie’s mobility and liberty.

CDRS Benji, dedicated to the welfare of stray and injured animals, has been at the forefront of Cammie’s care. The NGO provided immediate medical treatment to the eight-month-old camel at their shelter in Karachi.

“We are working to heal her infection and soothe her pain with heavy painkillers, antibiotics, and other medications,” said Sarah Jahangir, a director at CDRS Benji. The camel’s wound needs about two months to heal before Bioniks can take precise measurements for the prosthetic limb.



Anas Niaz, co-founder of Bioniks, expressed the company’s commitment to this groundbreaking project. “Creating a customized prosthesis for Cammie is a challenging task, but we are dedicated to improving her quality of life through our technology,” he said.

The team, led by CEO Ovais Hussain Qureshi, is designing a harness to support Cammie’s mobility during the healing period.

Bioniks expressed its commitment to the camel’s well-being, with a team led by co-founder and CEO Ovais Hussain Qureshi visiting the shelter in Karachi to assess the camel’s condition and offer assistance.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure the affected camel’s mobility and comfort until its wounds are fully healed,” it said. “Our efforts aim to alleviate the affected camel’s suffering and promote its recovery, demonstrating our unwavering dedication to the animal.”

Sindh Government supports animal welfare initiative

The Sindh government played a crucial role in supporting this initiative. Working closely with CDRS Benji, they facilitated the collaboration with Bioniks to ensure Cammie received the best possible care.

Cammie’s recovery journey is being closely followed by many. Videos shared by CDRS Benji show her adjusting to her new environment, a white bandage wrapped around her injured leg.

“Cammie is in pain, but she is eating and exploring her surroundings with those beautiful, intelligent eyes,” the NGO reported.

As Cammie heals and prepares for her new limb, Bioniks and CDRS Benji continue their efforts to ensure her comfort and well-being. The collaboration not only highlighted the potential of technology in animal welfare but also underscored the compassion and dedication of those involved in Cammie’s care.

Cammie the camel
Cammie the camel has slowly started to heal in the shelter as Bioniks is working on her prosthetic leg that will be made in Pakistan for the first time for such a large animal. (Image Credit: CDRS Benji)

Check the latest update on Cammie here.

Background

The incident occurred on June 21 when a landlord allegedly chopped off the camel’s leg as punishment for foraging in his field for fodder.

The brutal act quickly gained attention on social media, prompting Sanghar police to take action. They contacted the camel’s owner, Soomar Behan, a poor peasant who refused to identify the culprit or press charges.

Consequently, the police filed a First Information Report (FIR) on behalf of the state against six unknown individuals under Sections 429 (Mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

When police attempted to arrest the six suspects on June 22, they faced resistance and were allegedly attacked, leading to a second FIR. This FIR named Rustam Shar, Abid Shar, Jaffar Jatt, Abdul Shakoor Shar, Gul Baig Lashari, and Darya Khan Shar as the suspects They were arrested near Rantoo Bridge and charged under Sections 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 147 (Punishment for rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), and 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offense committed in prosecution of common object) of the PPC.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon confirmed the arrest of five individuals involved in the crime and stated that a case had been filed under Section 429 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Sub-Inspector Atta Hussain Jutt reported that the suspects were presented before Duty Magistrate Asif Sial on June 23. The police requested a 14-day remand to further investigate and locate the weapon used in the incident. However, the magistrate granted only a four-day remand.

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