In a tragic incident, a camel reportedly killed its owner after being left in high temperatures with its legs tied up all day. This happened in the Indian state of Rajasthan last week during a record-breaking heat wave that saw temperatures reaching 43 degrees Celsius. The owner had forgotten to untie his camel during...
In a tragic incident, a camel reportedly killed its owner after being left in high temperatures with its legs tied up all day. This happened in the Indian state of Rajasthan last week during a record-breaking heat wave that saw temperatures reaching 43 degrees Celsius. The owner had forgotten to untie his camel during the day, and suddenly remembered after many hours. When he went out to untie the camel, it attacked him, picking him up by the neck and throwing him in the ground. The camel also chewed the owner’s body and severed his head in the process.
Last year, southern Pakistan was struck by a severe heat wave. The temperatures went to as high as 44 degrees Celsius, causing deaths of almost 2,000 people from dehydration and heatstroke. Although no official statistics exist, but there were many reports on the deaths of animals in the zoo and even birds, in Karachi. Because there is no number to tell how many animals died in the zoo and anywhere in the city, is it safe to say that this matter has been ignored?
This time, meteorologists have predicted a much more intense heat wave to hit Karachi than last year. To escape the repetition of last year’s chaos, over 300 graves have already been dug. When the heat wave struck in 2015, hospitals, morgues and graveyards in the city were overwhelmed, and drug addicts, day labourers and the elderly were the biggest victims of the searing heat. The Edhi morgue ran out of freezer space after about 650 bodies were brought in the space of a few days. Ambulances left decaying corpses outside in sweltering heat. This year, 200 first response centres have been set up, offering basic heat-stroke treatment to stabilize patients. There are also 700 makeshift relief centres.
But where are the trees? Where is the shade? We’ve still not gotten over cutting down trees in the city, knowing that we need them. It hasn’t rained properly for the longest time. And why should it when we come in nature’s way by making trees vanish? But as it is being said in the news, Karachi is prepping up for emergencies. And back to the point: the city is only concerned about saving humans, supposedly, whereas animals are still not being thought of. Many animals and birds take refuge under the trees. By chopping them, their homes are being destroyed. As for the zoo authorities, animals often die there even without the heat wave. Negligence is the main problem. And the fact that when a person acts in an unacceptable way, the easiest way to tell him/her off is by calling the person a ‘jaanwar’. Or the most famous taglines ‘jaanwar mat bano’, ‘jaanwaron wali harkatein mat karo’ etc. So yes, animals are not humans, and letting them die is fine. Okay? Okay!
But if you are concerned about saving animals and birds, then here are some things that you can do to protect them during the heat wave or high temperatures. These are for dogs, cats and birds—the most common animals found in homes and around the city. But also get in touch with a vet for a more detailed guideline regarding your animals.
Yes, these animals are ‘Jaanwar’ in Urdu, but God’s creatures. So if you are god fearing, have mercy on them. They cannot explain verbally to you therefore one has to take extra care of them.