Kochi: Ramla, a cow was like a family member to Chandrakumar and family. However, she drowned in the flood that devastated the state in 2018.
Although she has departed, Chandrakumar and family hadn’t forgotten her. On the first death anniversary of Ramla, the family gave a remembrance advertisement in Mathrubhumi newspaper with a title that read ‘in loving memory of Ramla which departed from us in flood’.
Chandrakumar and family had been calling the cow ‘Ramla’ from the very beginning.
The cow was born on October 2, 1995 at the house of Prasannakumari in Moovattupuzha. Prasannakumari is the sister of Chandrakumar. One year later, the cow was brought to Chandrakumar’s house in Paravoor. Since then, Ramla lived here till her death.
She grew old and developed arthritis. Based on the directions from a retired veterinary officer, treatment was given but nothing cured her. As she couldn’t eat hay, the family fed her rice gruel two times a day. Meantime, her eyesight became poor. As she couldn’t stand on cemented floor, Chandrakumar made a special shed with mud floor to ease her pain.
On August 16, 2018 morning, flood water slowly submerged the premises of house. Chandrakumar then tied Ramla to an elevated platform that was 2 feet higher than the premises. As the water level rose, Chandrakumar and family moved to a relative’s house in Ernakulam. When they moved, Chandrakumar believed water wouldn’t rise up to the platform where Ramla was tied.
That day evening, Chandrakumar called one of natives who was engaged in the rescue operations in the area and asked to enquire about the cow. By that time, water had started to fill the elevated place where the cow was tied. Following that natives freed the cow and left her close to Chandrakumar’s house. This area was higher than the previous one. That night, water level rose to the height of window and Ramla drowned.
‘Ramla was old and had no health to swim against the current. If I had the facility of a boat that day, I wouldn’t have left her alone at home. This incident broke my heart. She loved us very much’, said Chandrakumar.
Now, Chandrakumar has a two-year-old calf named Rahana.