Sometimes we need a reminder that people aren’t so bad and that in fact, they can actually be pretty amazing. With so many negative stories in the media, we hope this story of an inspiring act of kindness by a Mangaluru Kid will add a smile to your day.
A 7th-grade boy spent all of his money to give a crippled stray dog, named Moana a new life.
Moana was crippled in an accident when a vehicle ran over her. On December 17, 2016, Ankur Bhatnagar, a 3D animator found her at Nagondanahalli in Whitefield. She couldn’t walk and was crippled waist down because of her crushed legs.
Ankur took her to the vet and gave all the medical care she needed. The medical procedure included rehabilitation with hydrotherapy and laser treatment to improve circulation in the affected limbs.But the vet said that she won’t be able to walk on her four legs again.
Bhatnagar said to Bangalore Mirror,”Since I stay alone and Moana needed attention throughout the day, I shared a post on my Facebook wall, asking if anyone was willing to foster her. Someone tagged Rekha and she came forward to adopt her.”
Rekha posted some pictures and details about Moana on her Facebook page. Her brother, Mahesh Nayak, and his young friend, Abhinav Rao, a Class VII student of Lourdes Central School in Mangaluru also got to know about the poor puppy. Abhinav was very interested to help Moana.
Mahesh said,”For the last 10 years I had maintained a piggy bank in my office. Every evening, I would dump all the loose change in my pocket into it. This was a gimmick to amuse kids visiting me; they enjoyed dropping coins into the piggy. A regular customer for my piggy is my friend Rohit’s son, Abhinav Rao, fondly called Abhi. We called his piggy bank ‘Abhi’s Dabbi’. The dog’s plight proved to be the perfect cause to break Abhinav’s bank.”
After breaking the piggy bank, Mahesh and Abhinav found that they had only Rs 3900 in there. So Mahesh convinced his another friend Rohit to help them round off the money to 4000. As a new wheel cart costs around 10000 to 15000, they somehow managed to get a second hand one through Rekha for Moana.
Mahesh and Abhinav were so happy when they received a calendar featuring Moana on the cover.“We were so excited when we received a table calendar from an animal charity from my sister. It had Moana, the wheel cart dog, on the cover,” said Mahesh.
On saving life Abhinav said, “I love dogs but I can’t keep one in my house because I live in a flat. Mahesh uncle knew about Moana and I saw her pictures. She looked helpless. My parents buy me everything that I want and hence I decided to help her. I am helping a dog for the first time and I am very happy to see her on the calendar cover. In the past, when I stayed in an independent house, I used to feed a lot of cats in the neighborhood.”
On December 2017, Moana’s first birthday was celebrated by cutting a cake at Cubbon Park.
In a time when we are receiving news of animal cruelty on a regular basis we are simply proud of the boy for his humanitarian gesture of saving Moana !