A new lease on life for bullocks of India
For years, bullocks in India have been forced to work non-stop until their dying day. They are likely to be beaten with whips, restrained by painful nose ropes, and deprived of basic medical care and even food and water. Until recently, most of these gentle creatures never knew a kind word or a day’s rest.
Thankfully, due to the generosity of donors and organizations like Animal Aid Abroad, many bullocks like Roushya and Gabru are now able to spend their days doing anything they want, even if that means doing absolutely nothing except eating and relaxing. For these fortunate bullocks, home is Animal Rahat’s sanctuary, a beautiful haven in the state of Maharashtra where they and other animals retire in peace after years of drudgery, pain, abuse, malnutrition, and neglect. Here are their stories:
Just shy of 20 years old,Roushya loves food and playing in the rain. He is docile and friendly with all and enjoys being groomed by his human caretakers.
Even when he’s resting, this social butterfly prefers the company of others and tends to lie down with friends, especially his best buddies, Jim and Sonya. At more than 1500 pounds, Roushya is a big boy, and it should come as no surprise that he becomes quite excited by the sight of green grass and fodder. Even though he loves meal time, he’s a slow eater compared to others. He savors his mealssometimes for an hour or so. He also enjoys licking mineral salt licks to fulfill his deficiencies of the trace minerals and salts.
Gabru is around 21 years old and prior to coming to the sanctuary, he had a rough life. A bit of a loner, he prefers to groom himself and enjoys “taking showers” when it rains by jumping around and getting wet. Although he’s not quite ready to get up close and personal with humans just yet, sometimes he’ll let his best bullock friend, Thomas, help him groom him. Most of the time, for now, he is happy to scratch himself on the cubicle posts.
Gabru is a chowhound and always one of the first to reach the feed trough. He really loves his food and he’s not averse to trying to grab some food from the slower eaters. Like many other bullocks at the sanctuary, Gabru also enjoys fresh grass and his salt lick and hanging out in the soft sand pit.