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Aarthi Meenakshi Sundaram
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We would have seen numerous documentaries on how animals are caught mercilessly and are chopped to obtain products from them. Didn't you feel pity for the poor harmless creatures that are killed for man's own gruel? They are killed for food, for clothes, ivory, wool, cosmetics, ornaments, fat etc. recently even I saw a documentary on animal poaching and species. It is really a superbly taken video of a few men who shoot down long spike syringes filled with sleeping dose, while hovering above in a helicopter on a group of polar bears- which are actually a family with mother, father and two children.
The parents are struck with the sleeping dose syringe and immediately fall down to sleep. Meanwhile the children clamber over the mother and father puzzled by their sudden collapse. The helicopter lands over the snow and separate the children from parents. The emotional thing that made all the viewers' hearts melt with pity was that the young polar bears refused to leave hold of their parents and clung on to them constantly.
Such poor creatures are killed at a vast rate everyday for their fur and wool which will be discarded once it worn out. One of the few helpless animals which are often the victims of poaching are the rhinos. Though if considered by its size it may be huge and powerful but it is actually meek as a cat when it is caught in the trap made by the poachers. The poachers would first make a deep pit and cover it with strips of mud, bamboo and grass so it camouflages with the ground. It is important for the poachers to learn about the animal and its habits by observing it for a few days. The rhinos always take the same route and drop their dung at the same place. So the poachers dig the pit according to the animal's track. When the animal is trapped, the poachers arrive to the spot and make strong lassos by passing thick strong ropes around the rhino's body. One poacher will lower himself down the pit onto the animal's and hack off its horn with a strong heavy broad bladed knife. The poachers' job is over and they depart, while the rhino stands in the pit, blood flowing from its snout. Soon it is eaten by the scavengers.