Monday, June 29, 2020

Kolkata girl adopts Delhi dog, loses it at airport

Kolkata: A dog was flown down from Delhi to be reunited with her adoptive parent in Kolkata after staying apart for three months during the lockdown. But the reunion barely lasted a few minutes as she bolted after a family member opened the cage to check on her at Kolkata airport. The family from Ballygunge has been searching for the six-month-old Fifi all around the airport for the past three days. They have also sent out desperate pleas on social media and have urged volunteers and animal lovers to launch a co-ordinated search. The family has shared Fifi’s pictures on Facebook and Instagram.
Nilanjana Kuthari, who had met Fifi on the campus in Shiv Nadar University in Noida, said she is worried that other dogs may harm her since Fifi is very small. “It is gut-wrenching when I go to bed every night thinking how she must be alone in an unfamiliar place. There are so many strays who can harm her. I keep thinking whether she has eaten or not and if she is looking for us too. Once its morning, I start for the airport with my mother to launch another search,” Kuthari said.
Soon after the lockdown began, and the university shut down, Fifi was checked into a foster home in Gurugram. Later, Nandidni Kaushik, another student at Kuthari’s university, made the arrangements for Fifi to be flown to Kolkata.
On Wednesday evening at Kolkata airport, Kuthari wanted to check if Fifi was fine after staying cramped for so long. The moment the door was opened, Fifi bolted and could not be traced till Saturday night.
29/06/20 Zeeshan Javed/Times of India
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