A pet show being held at MSP LP School grounds here is attracting families in large groups. The show, meant to raise funds for Santhwanam, a Kozhikode-based organisation working for the welfare of the HIV-affected, has become increasingly popular since it opened on November 1.

The exotic birds, fishes and other pets on display at the show are a visual treat for the visitors. Special photo sessions for the visitors holding exotic pets have become hugely popular.

Youngsters are competing to post such pictures on social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Among the birds, the most valued is the Scarlet Macaw, which costs about Rs. 6.5 lakh. Making his Blue-Gold Macaw kiss his lips, Prinson V.P. pointed out that the show was meant not only to offer a visual treat but also to create awareness about exotic varieties of pets among the people. Apart from macaws, several fancy varieties of fowls and pigeons too are on display. Pouter pigeons and Rajasthan beauty pigeons are some of the attractions. “All the birds kept here are tamed and trained,” Mr. Prinson said. Persian cats and Russian cats are an instant hit for children. More than 1,000 species of ornamental fishes have been arranged for aquarium fans.

Pointing to the Arapaima, Mr. Prinson explained to a group of children that it was the largest freshwater fish in the world. “The flower horn fish is not only beautiful, but also has the ability to recognise its owners and friends,” he said.

The organisers distributed free passes at schools for students below 12 years of age. And concessions are offered for high school students. The show from 11 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. gets crowded in the evening. “I would advise the families to opt the forenoon as it is relatively free,” Mr. Prinson said.

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