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For Khalifa, Bheru was more than an animal

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 16:15 IST

INSTANCES OF human love for pet animals and their bonding make the rounds very often but a unique incident took place in the Tamboli Bakhal (Malharganj) area of the City after a bull died at Narayan Yadav’s (Khalifa) house today.
Khalifa fostered the bull (named Bheru) for 20 years. After Bheru’s death, the grief stricken Khalifa decided to bid him farewell with honour.

He took Bheru’s body around the area in a trolley accompanied by band and residents of the area. The bull was known to every household in the area and the people used to offer him bread often.

Bheru weighed 700 kg, was 8 feet tall and 12 feet long. Bheru’s body was covered with yellow cloth and the residents offered him a floral tribute. The bands played the tune of song ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja….’ And prayed for the creature’s peace.

His master did not forget to pour holy water in the bull’s mouth before saying final goodbye. Khalifa then entrusted his body to Khadi Gramodyog employees with tears in his eyes.

The neighbours of Khalifa said that Bheru was familiar with everyone’s voice and used to come running if his master would call him. The large crowd accompanying Bheru’s final procession silently revealed the affection they had for the bull.