By Taniya Dutta
A vegetable vendor has found an ingenious way for this three beloved goats to help with his business.
Abdul Hamid, 70, has been selling vegetables in his tiny cart from dusk to dawn for over two decades.
He used to pull the heavy cart across the tiny streets of Agra – the famous town known for Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, India, to the markets.
But due to his age, Abdul was struggling and found a clever idea of using his three treasured goats Shera, Sultan and Bhura as cart pullers.
Abdul said: “I love my goats more than my life.
“They have been going to the market with me for ten years now.
“They used to only follow me as I pulled the cart from home to the market where I sell vegetables.
“But I am old now and any little push is a big help.
“My goats now help me with pulling the cart.”
Adbul Hamid’s creative way of using goats as cart pullers has made him a famous vegetable vendor in the area.
He added: “I leave at 7:30am in the morning and only come back home at 7pm.
“Throughout the day my goats are with me.
“They eat well and are safe in front of my eye.”
Even though Abdul has a wife, four sons and two daughters at home, he prefers to keep Shera, Sultan and Bhura with him at all times.
He said: “I love them so much and I cannot think anyone else can take better care of them than me.
“I feel if I leave them at home, they will die of hunger or thirst but with me they eat properly.”
In return for their hard work – which involves pulling the cart both morning and night – Abdul ensures his goats have a well balanced diet and are fed their favourite chickpeas and peepal leaves all day.
Abdul said: “I don’t think they find me heavy at 11 stone, the goats are strong, they eat well and rest all day while I’m selling.
“But if they fall sick, I make sure they get the best medical care.”
Abdul’s son Mohammad Shahid, 29, said his father’s bizarre hobby has made him a tiny star in the village.
Shahid said: “It looks weird that he uses goats as a cart puller when others use oxen or buffaloes but it is his hobby and we are happy with it, it’s even made him famous in our village.”