KARNATAKA

Heart-warming rescue stories

Staff Reporter



PETA New Year offering has a photo and narrative for each month



BANGALORE: It is that time of the year when you look for the next year’s diaries and calendars. There are the usual run-of-the-mill offerings in the market and there are also those who are refreshingly different.

The one put out by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) contains 12 heart-warming animal rescue stories that will put a smile on your face every day of the year.

The calendar includes 12 full-length portraits of rescued animals and their stories, including the following: One day, long-time vegetarian, PETA supporter and Channel [V] VJ Luke Kenny saw a dog running with a small animal in his mouth. The dog had the animal, which looked like a rat, in his jaws and was shaking him like a rag doll. Luke rescued the “rat” (who turned out to be a tiny kitten!) and named him Deebee. Deebee limped a bit at first but he has since recovered from his injuries. He is now a big, healthy cat and spends his time bossing around Luke’s other cats.

Two sloth bears, Rahul and Rhea, were kept in a Maharashtra zoo that was not recognised by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA). PETA’s undercover investigators visited the zoo and found the two bears confined to a small enclosure without any enrichment. PETA worked with the CZA to move the animals to an animal rescue centre. Rahul and Rhea are now living at the rescue centre in Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal, where they spend their time playing and having fun.

Whilst visiting a shopping centre in Kolkata, PETA staffer Jalaj Kalra saw that a fortune teller was using a parakeet at a local event. With the help of local activists, Jalaj managed to rescue the parakeet, whom she named Alex. Jalaj took Alex to a veterinarian before handing the bird over to the Forest Department.

The 2008 calendar is available from PETA for Rs. 200.

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