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Free as a bird !

A policy of Dr. Vijai Kumar, a veterinary surgeon at the Jain Charity Bird Hospital, here bandaging an injured peacock wing noticed by one of the staff.

No one likes to be deprived from his freedom, imprisoned in a cage, so why should a bird, born free in nature, suffer depression, encaged for our pleasure ?

The hospital, unique in the world, was founded in 1929 and found it's place in the yard of the 16th century Digamber Jain temple across the Red Ford. It runs totally on donations to take care of about 2,500 birds to be set free when they are cured and able.

A most satisfying moment, to give a living being back it's freedom, a Jain philosophy, to respect life of all being.

(for Grazyna)

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