Kamal - Belvan

Is an Ox, born on 2001-12-28, who joined us on 2002-08-27.

It was the day before Janmastami and the crowds were already rushing to Vrindavan. The streets get so crowded and hectic and if you are small like me, you get pushed and battered constantly. Many pilgrims buy bananas or some green vegetables to throw in the street for us. They think that is cow protection. Blinded by hunger I dashed to get some food but was shoved into the traffic by a hungrier and larger bull. I was hit by a car which broke both of my left legs. The driver got out and asked some by-standers to drag me to the side of the road. I was bleeding and could not get up. The driver got some motor oil out of his car and poured it on my wounds. He told the people standing around me that the oil would prevent the flies from laying maggots, and that in a few days I would be OK. He then drove off to have darshan of the predominating Deities of Vrindavan. I doubt They gave him Their blessings. A lady who witnessed the accident reported it to Care for Cows and within fifteen minutes I was loaded onto their rickshaw and taken to the clinic. My wounds were cleaned and my legs were put in casts. I was then given a private room and a diet of fresh grass, barley flour and hay. After a few days I could stand for about fifteen minutes at a time. A cowherd man would come daily and give me fresh water, massage and encouragement. After a month my casts were removed and thanks to Care for Cows, I can walk normally again.

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Jay Dinshah, American Vegan Society