In the news, it seems that each day we are made to see the power of nature and how, despite having modern technology that can simplify our daily lives, that we are still subject to the elements.
A car park in Bangkok is having to become a temporary home to many homeless humans and animals. Many of the people who usually work within the agriculture industry are now being used to rescue the thousands of cats and dogs that are roaming the area trying to find their owners and home. Government run teams are made up from volunteers and members of other Government organisations that are pulling together their resources in order to help these animals.
The problems is, that when these animals are rescued, the chances are that their homes will be still uninhabitable, with their owners homeless too. The many thousands who have been made homeless by the flooding have fled to evacuation zones and will be unable to care for their lost animals, even if they were to be reunited. Despite this, a special pet hotline has been created in the hope that some of these animals will be able to go home shortly.
In one case, the rescue agency was telephoned by a lady that, as the waters had continued to rise pushing her to the highest floor, she felt that the only way she could ensure that her 48 cats would be safe is to seek their help. She was reluctant at first as she didn't want to be parted from them, but after being left with no option, the animals were all transported away from the house and will reunited when the flooding has gone.
The scratches from frantic and scared cats are not the only problem that the rescuers face, they have also heard that crocodiles have come along the waters to feed from these trapped animals. They have been lucky so far, but with the waters rising they are getting more and more opportunities to travel along the canal network that is filling the streets in search of food...
Another issue is that the people is Thailand are mostly practising Buddists and believe in the cycle that we could be reborn as animals. As a result, they are particularly empathetic towards their animals and feel a spiritual connection to their animals. As we all can, we can see the emotion in the eyes of the animals who are desperate to be saved and loved and are being forced into the situation like their owners.
We can only hope that they are returned safely home and that the people of Thailand do not suffer any more.. We all send our warmest wishes..
BBC News Article- 10.11.11
UPDATE- it is feared that with about 300 animals rescued from the rising waters in Bankok, that are now being looked after on a elevated bridge 60km away from the centre, are at risk from a deadly outbreak of distemper. The waters came in mid-July and are said to be the worst that has been seen for years, around 500 people have been confirmed dead due to the damage and as with all natural disastors, the resulting disruption to infastructure can often worsen the situation as medical aid and food is scarce...
We hope that the distemper outbreak can be prevented and controlled before it is too late...
BBC Video- 15.11.11