It’s been a while since I spotted sparrows in the city I live in. So when these small birds (similar in size to a sparrow), Spotted Munia, started to build a nest in our balcony, we welcomed it. Now they have started a family here. The excited chirping of the hatchlings when the parent(s) visit the nest to feed them is wonderful to listen to. Here is a recording of that.
During summer vacations we used to visit our Grandpa’s place. He had 4 cows, 2 goats and some hens in the ‘cow shed’ area. My brother and I would pet the cows and feed them banana peels and drumstick leaves. It felt good to know nothing went to waste. The milk and eggs came from the cows and hens respectively. The extra milk was given to a collection center at a nominal price which sold that milk. The dung was used as manure for plants. In a village that was sustainability.
Let me not talk about sustainability, I’m no expert in it but I just think it is a good way to live, to not ‘waste’. I try to do this bit even in the city where I live. Near the garbage dump, sometimes there are cows and dogs. Whenever I need to throw something which is eatable by an animal but not by us (banana peels, watermelon peels, fruit peels, expired bread (by date but not gone bad to look), I put it in a separate cover or a paper bag. If I see the cows, I take these ‘eatables’ out of the bag and feed the animals. It just feels good, the cow eats and garbage is reduced.