Keeping it cool

What can we do to make sure animals and birds also get to cool off this summer?

June 22, 2014 08:45 pm | Updated 08:45 pm IST

Beat the heat: Do something to keep our feathered and four-legged friends cool. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

Beat the heat: Do something to keep our feathered and four-legged friends cool. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

Summer is at its peak. The hot sun is becoming unbearable for every creature, including us, on earth. Sometimes it feels like I’m on fire. I have often wondered how other creatures manage and survive the summer. There are a few simple ways to ensure that they get some respite from the heat like we do.

We could keep a bowl of water on the terrace or a birdbath in the garden so that thirsty birds can drink from it. It would be a great relief for them. We can also put a shelter outside our home so that street dogs can find a place to rest in the shade. I also get some cooked rice and pour it in a bucket for cows. It’s nutritious and quenches their thirst as well. As for plants, keep them in the shade and water them twice a day.

I am immensely happy that I am doing my bit. But will everyone follow this?

Abinaya is a III year BE CSE student at Panimalar Engineering College.

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