Web Desk (February 15, 2018): Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte have an unusual way of living: they have set up a wild animal asylum in their courtyard.
This couple has spent decades changing the lives of the local community in Hemalkasa, Maharashtra, protecting tribespeople and the local fauna alike.In the early 70s, Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife Dr. Mandakini Amte were taking a walk in Dandarayana forests of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, when they came across a group of tribal people returning from a hunt with a dead monkey
Upon taking a closer look, the couple noticed that a baby monkey, still alive, was clinging to her dead parent.
Dr. Prakash was deeply shocked and questioned the tribe, “What will you do with the dead monkey?” The answer was seemingly obvious; the purpose of hunting was to draw nourishment for the community, not leisure. hunting was not recreational — they survived on it. At the time of the encounter, Dr. Prakash requested the tribals to give him the baby monkey in return for rice and clothes. They reluctantly agreed.
The red-faced baby monkey arrived at the couple’s home in the village of Hemalkasa and soon became a member of the household.