Shahpur Tori (Samastipur): While cruelty to animals is being dealt in India on a large scale and many social activists have been working hard for the cause, but if every human being takes a leaf out of the book of Arvind Kumar Roy aka Doman Roy, earth will be a better place to live .

An animal lover since childhood, Arvind’s love for animals has transformed his house into a zoo as students visit his house on class tours to have a glimpse at the eleven species of his pet animals.

The proud inmates  of his house include pigeons, dogs, cats, swans, monkey, rabbits, porcupine, python, sheep, ducks and horses. Arvind’s pet horse Lallu has also earned the honour of ‘Sher-a-Bihar’ by winning the Bihar Race in 2005. All his three horses including the other two: Chetak and Raja are his closest buddies.

Though being born as animals, the creatures are spending a blessed life as there are five persons to look after them in the house. Arvind spends about Rs 3,000 per day on these animals in various expenses. Also, they altogether consume about one quintal of foodgrain in a day. While doctors are rushed from far off places for the treatment of these animals, vets are called from Hajipur for the horses.

Arvind’s spectacular collection of family members has not been completed in a day. While he adopted the python found on banks of river Ganga, he bought the horses and monkey form Sonpur fair. Also, the sheep was sold to him by a farmer in Vaishali whereas he brought the porcupine from far away Kanpur.

Arvind, a resident of Harpur Sedabad village in Patori zone in Samastipur district hails from a prosperous background and has been elected as the Panchayat head twice. Presently Pacs Chairman, he often involves himself in social work on contract.

However, Arvind wants the administration to appoint a veterinary doctor in a nearby hospital as he has to rush to the city for his pets’ treatment. District Councilor Saroj Roy says, “His hobby of taming animals sets an example for animal lovers.”

JPN/Bureau