Random Beautiful Humans : Pradeep Kumar

Humans of Kochi“A few weeks ago, he was hacked down by some people.”
“Oh why did they do that?”
“This is how people show their anger towards me to cause me pain. Apart being an animal welfare officer, I’m also a slaughterhouse inspector. Hence many don’t like what I do.”

“How did you start rescuing animals?”
“Even during the time of my school days, I used to rescue dogs who got hurt due to road accidents. I used to take care of them and find homes for them.”

“Could you share a rescue-story that has deeply impacted you?”
“Once I got a call to kill a dog. The caller said that the dog is in critical condition and it would be best to end its life rather than making it suffer the pain. I was on my way to Kochi from Thrissur that time, so I told him to wait and not to do anything with the dog. I was in touch with him throughout my drive to ensure that the dog was not killed before I reach there. Finally what I found was a piece of meat lying on the road, whimpering with pain. Someone had poured acid on it and the whole body was in a molten fused state. It had been lying there in that situation for almost two days. People around me were forcing me to kill it. I asked them would you do the same if this happened to any of you. And their reply was – who wants them anyway, it’s high time these dogs are all killed off.

I didn’t bother replying to them because I knew they didn’t deserve any reply. I carried the dog to my car. All the blood, flesh and pus were sticking to my shirt. I took him to Cochin Pet Hospital. The doctor was shocked to see him. He asked me what to do as he felt that there was no way the dog could be saved. I told him, you have to somehow do something or the other.

“What was the doctor’s name?”
“Dr. Sooraj. It took us four and a half hours to save him. We had to remove large amount of dirt which were sticking inside his flesh as people had thrown sand and stones at him. We had to clean all of that.”

“People had thrown sand and stones at him, even when he was lying there burnt in acid?”
“Yes, that’s how cruel the society is. We don’t have even an ounce of a feeling called compassion in our minds!“

“Oh, so how did he then recover?”
“Ricky was not able to sleep even after giving sedation. For acid attacks, the pain will not go even if you give sedatives. For five and a half months, he was not able to sit. He had to stand throughout the period. So we built an adjustable support to help him stand. With medication and proper care, Ricky became a healthy dog.”

“What is the scenario of pet dogs being abandoned in Kochi?”
“We get around 15-20 calls in a day regarding pet dogs found on the streets. 60 percent of the cases are due to people abandoning them due to old-age. Remaining 40 percent is because they don’t want to take care of their dogs when they get sick.”

“Could you elaborate on this?”

“Breeders are abandoning dogs on the streets after they become old and unusable to give birth. There are many people who keep dogs just to show off to their guests. It is a matter of pride for them to make others see that they own German Shepherd, Doberman and other expensive breeds of dogs. First of all, our climate is not suitable for dogs such as Pug, St. Bernard, German Shepherd. These dogs are later thrown into the streets when they grow old. People abandon their pet dogs when they get skin disease, when they get an eye infection, when they get pus in their ears or when the owners change their residence. I have got calls from many saying they have seen a pet dog roaming around nearby their area and if it would be possible for me to take it away. In many cases, these callers are actually the owners of the dogs pretending to be not connected with the dog and they want to somehow get rid of them through me.”

“Oh!”

“Being educated and being cultured are two different things. We are very high in being educated, but very low in being cultured. We have to develop a culture with a sense of responsibility to our society, with a sense of responsibility to the people living in that society, and with a sense of responsibility to the other living beings existing along with those people. Currently we do not have any of these, it’s all destroyed. Now if we want to revive these, they can only be developed through today’s children.”

“So what message do you wish to convey to the society?”

“God has given us abilities – not to plunder the earth and loot people. We all have the ability to love, but we are not willing to use that. We don’t want to see even when we have eyes; we don’t want to hear even when we have ears. A change is needed for all this.

PS: The interviewee, Mr. Pradeep Kumar, founder of KARMMA (Karuna Animal Rescue Ministering and Management Association), passed away last week suffering from a heart attack. We pray that his loved and dear ones get the strength to move on.

Team Propel Steps also share our tribute to such a wonderful human being.


Photo credit: Deepesh PM

This Post was originally written and posted by Humans Of Kochi

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Documentary : The Creation of Dog

Many scientists believe that humans adopted orphaned wolf cubs and nursed them alongside human babies. Once these early adoptees started breeding among themselves, a new generation of tame “wolf-like” domestic animals would result which would, over generations of time, become more dog-like.

The origin of the domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) began with the domestication of the Grey Wolf(Canis lupus) tens of thousands of years ago. Genetic and archaeological evidence shows that humans domesticated wolves on more than one occasion, with the present lineage of C. l. familiaris arising at the latest 15,000 years ago as evidenced by the Bonn-Oberkassel site and possibly as early as 33,000 years ago as evidenced by the mtDNA testing on a paleolithic dog‘s remains from the Razboinichya Cave (Altai Mountains).

Earth Our Home Too : Yogi Bear? Here’s a Doggy Bear :)

This Sloth Bear recently befriended them in Lakhapada village in India. The bear was never domesticated, however surprisingly chose to bond with the family. Now it has become more than a pet, a member of the family.

Sloth Bears can be very aggressive and deadly, but not in his case. This adorable male bear followed the family’s heard of goats to their home. After he discovered the family they formed an immediate bond. It is luck to the family as well as the bear not to attack one another on first sight. That’s how miracle happens 🙂

We wish you Good days Teddy 🙂

Short Story : My Name is Chocolate

'My Name is Chocolate' is a story about a naughty house cat and Parker his pal.

ChocolateWhen Parker returned home he saw all his project papers shredded, he got furious over it. Bad time for his two year old Chocolate! Yes, that’s his cat’s name. As usual, Chocolate sensed his return and rushed to the hall to welcome him with his unusual Meows and Purrs.

Parker at his peak of frustration that all his hard work was destroyed now! Meanwhile Chocolate came close to him. He kicked him firmly. “Maaaeow” he screamed and thrown almost some 7 feet away. But nothing fatal, since he is a strong cat. He hurried under the sofa like Captain Jack Sparrow and peeked at Parker.

“What happened to you? Why you hit me? I did nothing. Have not scratched you!” his scared looks conveyed this message.

Chocolate is an unusually faithful cat and loves Parker a lot. For this cat, he is the whole world. At times Chocolate caused bloody scratches on him, but Parker would always take him lightly. They understood each other so well. But this aggressive behaviour was unusual for that cat.

Parker went to his room and locked inside.

“Parker.. Where are you? I told you not to keep the front doors open when you are in your room!” his mother arrived.

“Meow” Chocolate went to her with a silent voice and gently rubbed his head on her palm. Definitely he was not going to complain about Parker.

“Hey Chocolate! You look terrible. Where is Parker? He is not playing with you today?” she grabbed the cat and walked to Parker’s room.

“Open the door” she knocked thrice. No response from him.

“Dear, are you alright?” she got worried a bit and let Chocolate down on the floor.

Moeaow” as usual Chocolate tried his modulated Meows.

“Are you going to open or not? This is not good Dear” she knocked continuous and the door opened.

She saw him crying. “What happened Son?” She wrapped her arm around his shoulders.

Chocolate was looking at them, sitting just outside the room “Meaw” he called Parker.

“Why are you not coming inside Chocolate?” she asked the cat “Did anything wrong with you both?”

“I kicked him” Parker admitted.

“But why?”

“He has torn away my Project note into pieces” he replied.

She looked at Chocolate, who just emulated “I was just playing with it :)”

“Oh Chocolate” she went on to search the note and found it beside the window. The breeze was gentle and that could have made him curious to play with. No one was home to play… flying papers… and obviously for a playful cat like Chocolate would do the obvious!

Poor Chocolate had no idea what notebook was that, in fact, it was Parker who taught him to shred papers when they play.

“Look what he has done!” Parker came out of his room.

“Dear, you will have a copy of your work on your computer, you can print them again. But look at him, he is not aware of what he did. For him the toilet paper, newspaper and any paper is just a toy to play with. You left it here open and breeze blown the papers so he did this!” she explained.

Parker seemed to realize. “I am the one who taught him this right?” He started searching for Chocolate under the sofa. He was not there.

“Chocolate!” he called his pet for a compromise. They both searched him everywhere, he disappeared suddenly. The front doors were still open.

“Did he go outside?” Parker rushed. The busy street outside was never been a safe place for cats. Many were hit by cars. They both ran outside to find Chocolate.

“Mommy, will he be ok?” worried Parker almost cried. “Don’t worry, he is a smart cat we will find him”

“Chocolate!” they inquired around and shouted his name. But no sign of him. As it was getting dark, she advised that they should get back to home and wait for Chocolate to return.

Parker was crying, “I made a mistake, I was so rude”.

“It’s ok dear, he will understand you” she comforted him.

They walked back home. They could not believe what they saw and burst out to laugh.

“Purr.. Purr…” Chocolate was busy tearing off the remaining papers of that project note! 🙂

 - Words by Din

In our life too, our anger takes over the real character and sometimes we may behave rude with our beloved ones. We must understand that mistakes do happen, it’s always better not to judge our beloved ones. When we look deeper, the mistake could be petty and always there will be a solution. 

We should forget hatred like pets and ready to accept our mistakes like the wise. Not finding fault at first matters, all it matters is who let go the issue and compromise first 🙂