The reason why National Geographic, the channel, can never attain the heights of popularity in India is not that there is something lacking but there is so much on offer when it comes to animals and India.
Today itself there was a news article which said that a Leopard had been found on the road during the lockdown in Hyderabad which is no surprise because cows are considered more sacred than the fairer sex.
No, I’m not making this up for bits and bytes but this argument has been a part of the lexicon ever since men were lynched for carrying/eating beef and yet eve-teasers, molesters, perpetrators of sexual harassment went unpunished or went Scott free in this country.
It’s no surprise that the Leopard wandered into no man’s land which is an oxymoron since the freedom that the cattle enjoy is second to none.
I have seen an accident with my own eyes of a car “hitting” a cow that was meandering on the peak stretch of the highway and it wasn’t even a sanctuary or a forest area.
Dogs are aplenty in the city and a good number of times enjoy the companionship of humans and live in harmony. I recently went to a nearby market and the approach road passed through a desolate area and I had to cross over a tiny bridge that had a humongous gate at the entrance GUARDED by a stray dog. It enjoyed the confidence of the neighbours of the area because it seemed well-fed and had a dog coat as well but it wouldn’t let me pass. I tried scaring it, backtracked, stood still but it got more ferocious with the passing minutes. I haven’t used that road since. I was lucky lest I got bitten by a dog.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a dog lover though a stray dog Gugu lives in our house. My house is also home to a honeycomb which is thriving on the pram meant for my kid, which we hardly use, in the balcony.
The balcony and the kitchen exhaust are also home to pigeon nests and pigeons can be stubborn. While cleaning the balcony a couple of months back, the sweeper found a perfectly made pigeon’s nest with symmetrical twigs joined judiciously by mama pigeon. So he kept the nest intact away from the balcony. The hard work came to nought because in no time did we have the crows gobbling, if I may use the word, it all up. Much to the dismay of the sweeper who blamed himself for the fiasco.
Another instance is of a road in Udupi town of Karnataka, southern India where a single road meant for ongoing and incoming traffic practically stood still for at least two minutes including a bus, cars and two-wheelers because a snake was crossing the road. In some parts of the country, snakes are revered to a great extent.
Again, this is about office a few months back which is in an SEZ(Special Economic Zone) on the outskirts of the city and a colleague, Shyam, had bought a new hatchback.
To his dismay and chagrin, the car had an eager visitor in the form of a snake and Shyam gave a distress call and an ultimatum to the car showroom to rid him and the car of the snake or he needs his investment back! It all subsided after 24 hours.
I don’t know if I have the time due to the lockdown or the demand is to increase foraging. Any close encounters of the animal kind you’d like to share? Drop me a comment and thanks for stopping by.