Hmmm, not so sure about this monkey. Got Rabies? Good thing I had my shots.
It didn’t take me long in India to step away from my concerns and worries. Worries such as contracting malaria, or the fear of rabid monkeys scavenging train stations and streets, riding on motorcycles and the three wheeled taxi called Tuk Tuk or not eating meat for months on end. It all just worked out, sort of. At least most of it.
It was here in India that I saw this Monkey, a rather fierce looking animal that I normally wouldn’t want to be near. I say this for any of the parasites or fleas and ticks it may or may not have carried with it throughout its hard knock life living on the mean streets of India. So instead of batting the idea away I felt open to the moment, I actually felt bad for, the poor thing had been trained obviously to do tricks and climb on peoples backs like mine for a few rupees for him and his master. Sadly I said yes when monkey man asked if I wanted a photo with money making monkey.
I saw another man do it, contemplated it and thought that it would probably make for a good story, maybe even be a good photo. hardly was it a good story nor was this that great of a photo.
So it happened but the negative is that I was feeding fuel to the impacts of training a wild animal, the positives is that I was supporting the local economy. Not to mention all the Indian locals laughed when the monkey was gyrating on me, or shall I say humping my head.
By the time this photo was taken I think the monkey was on my back no more than 30 seconds. A quick pick.
Ok, I have been in India long enough to learn that many animals roam but in particular cows, and buffaloes the reason being that they are sacred. They bear a religious significance and are pretty much allowed to do as they wish. If your thinking well why doesn’t someone eat them? In a majority of the religions practiced here it is forbidden and frowned upon. I myself respect their wishes and in fact am going to try and not eat any meat while I’m here.
I was walking down town and came across this Big Old Bull clearly in pain. But no one around helped, in fact the onlookers looked at me like I was an insane.
In particular this big black bull is clearly struggling, perhaps dying or is in sever pain. Clearly from my perspective he couldn’t stand and was making horrific noises. I was standing here taking a few photos but the night sky was moist and damp with dust and mist, my photos didn’t come out to well and this was the best perspective I can offer.
So here I am looking to help but the folks you see in the background just don’t even bother to care. I’m not an animal rights activist at all, but this is very interesting to see so many cows and buffalo’s roaming the streets in harms way and eating garbage, getting hit by motorists and having aliments that are not taken care of. In the end I stand on the fence about this topic.
I can see that there is a point that before humans animals lived and died in the wild without anyone’s help. It’s the animal kingdom right? It’s the circle of life and who am I to judge we are a part of that circle too. But at the same time I think there is a place for humans and a place for animals that place being somewhere where they can roam wild, free to run and be at peace. So far I have seen one motorbike slam into a cow, and a bus knock one over into the median. I’ve seen plenty of cows walking around limping and I am sure that is from disease or auto related injuries. Yes this is possible and happens
Here are just a few other examples of everyday activity. I have no seen ore cows than dogs on the streets.
Cows roaming the streets
Weak and unbounded cow resting in the middle of the road.