Again, I had a difficult time settling on the category to place this post. I contemplated posting this under the family category, romance or relationship until I finally settle for this.

These women in the a state in Northern India don't just tend for deers, they also raise and breastfeed them as one of their young. According to one of the women; they have been taking in orphaned and injured deers for more than a century and can't imagine
This community sees deers as sacred and special attention are accorded to the deers.
Ram Jeevan said:

‘We have followed this way of living for over 550 years with a lot of love and affection. We are very protective of our animals, especially the babies. We are helping them. Feeding them is what they need. We are very proud of what we do.’


‘These baby deers are my life and they’re like my own children,’ said Mangi Devi Bishnoi, 45, a housewife from one of the villages.I feed them milk and food and ensure they’re given proper care and attention in the house like all my family members.

'They are not orphans when they have us around, they have new mothers like me who offer them a mother’s feed for a healthy life.’



Roshini Bishnoi, 21, a student in one of the villages said:


‘I have grown up with these little deers. They’re like my brother or sister. It is our responsibility to keep them healthy and help them grow.

We play with them and we communicate with each other, they understand our language. Neighbor Ram Jeevan Bishnoi, 24, added: ‘We do not see them as just animals. They are very much like a family member.

'We take care of everything they may need to live a healthy life. We keep them protected in our house so that dangerous animals like wild dogs do not harm them. If they’re injured we keep them safe in our house and treat them like our children.

'My parents have never differentiated between a baby deer and me. We are one family and it is in our religion to protect them.’