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Now That’s A Strange Pet

As 13-year-old Abu Bakar Shaikh moves in his building compound with a friend, the two make quite a sight. After all, Abu Bakar has a unique friend – an 8-foot tall emu which struts around proudly. While other kids in his building, Sai Dham in Nalasopara, watch excitedly, adults too look on with glee. The emu...

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Seeking A Ban On Victorias During Monsoons

People for Animals (PFA), the country's largest animal welfare organisation, is seeking a ban on the operation of horse-drawn carriages in the city, at least for the period of the monsoon, as the health of these animals gets worse in the rain. PFA will make this plea before the Bombay High Court on Thursday, when...

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With Jimmy Gone, Byculla Zoo Has Nothing

The lone big cat in the Byculla zoo is suffering from arthritis and onset of paraplegia. Though stable, she is being treated at the inhouse hospital, away from visitors. With Shiva the rhino sent to Delhi, visitors to the Byculla zoo are now being denied glimpses of another major attraction the lone big cat whose enclosure...

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Mr. Lonely

When Byculla zoo officials found two potential mates for the celibate rhino Shiva and decided to shift him to Delhi, they overlooked one crucial detail: he may not be really into girls. After a nine-year struggle to look for a partner for 34-year-old Shiva, zookeepers were on Wednesday grappling to move him into a transit...