Posts Tagged ‘Uttar Pradesh’

Animals vie with humans for water in India

March 9, 2008

The human-animal conflict increases in the border area between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh for want of water

LUCKNOW: Village Aari. Jaitpur block in Bundelkhand on the UP-MP border. Time: 1.30 pm. A group of monkeys from the nearby forest area barge into villagers’ hovels.

They do not attack anyone, and they are not looking for fruits or any other eatables. They just drink water to their hearts’ content, and leave.

Village Bhatipura. District Mahoba. Time: 3 pm. A middle-aged woman Geeta is returning from the village well with an earthen pot full of water. She is attacked by a donkey. As she runs for her life, the donkey takes leisurely gulps of water from the pot. Geeta was later admitted to the Jhansi district hospital.

Village Baghaura. District Mahoba. Time: 5.30 pm. A hyena attacks a child drinking water outside his house. The hyena leaves only after quenching its thirst from a pot of water lying nearby.

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