Egypt has rushed veterinarians to examine cattle crammed aboard the ships jammed in the Suez Canal over the blockage caused by the Ever Given ship that has been wedged diagonally across the waterway.
The country's Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Sunday that three veterinary teams have been sent, in cooperation with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), to examine the animals and provide needed fodders.
The step comes amid concerns that the vessels carrying livestock run out of supplies as the blockage enters its fifth day.
The 400-metre-long, 59-metre-wide Ever Given ship, which was coming from China, veered off course and ran aground as it was traversing the international trade route on Tuesday morning.
The mishap caused the vessel's bow to wedge into the sandy canal bank, blocking the most significant shipping route between Asia and Europe as it links the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
Around 321 vessels have been jammed in the waterway or at anchor awaiting transit, according to (SCA) Chairman Osama Rabie who affirmed that all necessary logistics to the waiting ships has been provided.
The Authority did not provide further details on the number of vessels in or around the canal that are carrying the livestock.