India: Animals on the road

Just thought I’d inject some levity here.  Obviously, we are having a blast in India.  We often see animals on the road, and when we do, the bus stops so we can take pictures.

Here are goats.  They are called MUTTON, but lambs are called SHEEP.  Did you know this?  David and I didn’t.

Here are two camels:

And we do see cows, considered sacred by Indians, but they seldom cross the road, preferring to roam the sidewalks.  One animal we don’t see are CATS!!!  Wonder why.  Lots of unleashed dogs, though, and lots of Rhesus monkeys, which the guide said are vicious.  As a child, his friend was bitten by a monkey and had to receive 14 rabies injections on the stomach.  That was a long time ago.  Now, the shots are fewer.

16 Responses to “India: Animals on the road”

  1. Christine Says:

    interesting to see all these animals on the road!

  2. DrumMajor Says:

    Uh, what or why the red puff on the camel’s nose? Just decoration (how does it stay there?) or is it purposeful? DrumMajor

  3. Beatrice Says:

    Nice pix!!!
    The French word for sheep is Mouton!
    I saw then cats, too, and kids playing with the monkeys and cows resting in the middle of the streets in downtown Delhi and soldiers on elephants and camels…
    have a great time furthermore!

  4. Jeanie Says:

    Great pictures of what you are seeing. I did not know goats are called mutton India. I am glad you are still having such a good time.

  5. Musings Says:

    I am so enjoying traveling with you vicariously, Gigi! What a fantastic trip. We do have India on our bucket list. You are seeing so much!

  6. Henry Hank Chapin Says:

    Love the red “powder puff” ball on the camels’ noses. When I was there in 1973, one of our party had a monkey jump on him. It was very surprising but he didn’t get bitten. We thought maybe there was a baby monkey somewhere nearby. I caught the whole thing on my Super-8 movie camera, a now outmoded technology.

  7. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    I had rabies shots as a kid and so did David. Very painful.

    Sheep meat is called mutton. Mutton is an old Norman word from the French I think (Mouton?). Lambs are lambs.

    They may have switched the words around in India but when a word refers to the meat of an animal it is usually Norman as in Beef (bouef?) or Pork (porc?). When a word refers to the animal itself it is Anglo Saxon as in Cattle and Swine. That’s because the folks who ate the meat were Norman and the folks who raised the animals were Anglo-Saxon. Dianne

    • Henry Hank Chapin Says:

      Schmidley–I love this word stuff. Thank you. Because of the Norman (French speaking and ultimately Latin) and the Anglo-Saxon (Germanic) origins of English, we have a “high” and a “low” way of talking about so many things in English. Adept writers and speakers mix the two for the desired effect.

      The English speakers in India are extremely adept at the language. However, I was told when there that they are only a tiny percentage of the whole population.

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    You know you’re not in Kansas anymore… or Hawaii!

  9. Suzanne Says:

    You are seeing a bunch of interesting things. Great trip.

  10. Arti Says:

    You will rarely see cats here in India!! Dogs and Cows rule the streets!!

  11. Denise Says:

    That’s really interesting about cats being scarce. Lots of other animals though. Fun to see, thanks Gigi. Glad you’re having such a great time.

  12. L....w Says:

    I was also going to say yesterday that your colorful muumuus are nice contrast to the smoggy skies, so it was a perfect choice of attire after all lol. Just like the colorful ball and tassles in these pics.

  13. Grannymar Says:

    Have you seen an elephant yet?

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