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Picture of the Week #83

Welcome to Amte’s Animal Ark at Lok Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa! Seen here is little Arnav, grandson of Dr. Prakash Amte, playing “horsey” with a fully grown leopard! These leopards are not captive in a zoo, but rather they are orphans whose mother died when they were just babies.

Amte’s Animal Ark is an orphanage for animals – it is not a zoo. It was started by Dr. Prakash Amte for his love for animals, which has clearly been passed down to the next generation of Amtes.

Arnav has absolutely no fear and loves animals like his best friends. His knowledge of the animal kingdom will put any adult to shame. What a lucky kid to be growing up in such an environment where there is no need for the Discovery Channel or the National Geographic.

In Dr. Amte’s words, “I trust animals more than I do humans since they have no ulterior motive”.

Read more about him and Amte’s Animal Ark on my Report on Lok Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa.