Animal lovers in Bengaluru take the bull by the horns

Animal lovers in Bengaluru take the bull by the horns

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-03-06 11:16 Bengaluru: Twenty-five cattle in Konanakunte, near JP Nagar, whose movement had been greatly restricted for years due to the problem of abnormal hooves, are now able to stroll around pain-free.Due to the efforts of Shashidhar and his team of volunteers and Nagarbhavi Rotary Club, 25 cows and bulls were given a pedicure for the problem, as a result of which the animals can now without any hassles.The initiative was started in August 2015 when Shashidhar and his team of 10 members treated a bull which had problems in its hooves.The team managed to treat the problem after a marathon session of nine hours. After the first attempt was a success, the team identified 25 cattle which were suffering from a similar problem.Wildlife volunteer Vijay Nishanth said, “It was a tough task for us as it was our first attempt. We had a tough time in handling the bull which weighed around 700 kg. As we had no experience in handling such big animals, we had to struggle for nine long hours.”The team caught and sedated the animals using tranquilisers.“All the 25 cows and bulls were suffering for many years. The problem left the animals unable to walk to find food,” said Vijay.In December 2015, the team carried out another operation to treat the animals in Konankunte. The team trimmed the hooves, chopped off the abnormal growth, and applied medicine to the hooves. The operation brought relief to 25 animals.Usually in villages, the front portion of the hooves would be cut to prevent the unnatural growth of hooves which restricts the animal’s movement. But cows and bulls found in cities are mostly abandoned and homeless.“At first, we were scared of looking at the condition of animals. After trimming the hooves, we kept an eye on the animals for months. We can now breathe easy as the animals are fit and fine. We will continue our operation in other parts of Bengaluru,” said Vijay.