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The Menagerie Memoirs A tryst with wildlife at home

Author Name: Shashidhar.M.K | Format: Paperback | Genre : Outdoors & Nature | Other Details

Imagine this: the Queen of the Jungle struts about within the concrete walls of the city. Sounds impossible? Read all about Sheeba, the lioness, who stayed as a royal guest, with this animal-loving family. Sheeba’s antics – be it playing hide-and-seek and acting like a watch dog at the gates, or sleeping with family on the mattress – will definitely bring a smile to your face.

Who said that wild animals do not like to be in captivity? If looked after well, many wild animals prefer to stay in captivity and in fact come back to their enclosures even when given freedom.

Do you think you could survive a Cobra bite without treatment? Possibly! Read about how the author himself became a victim of a Cobra bite and survived to tell the tale.

Have you ever put your hand deep inside the mouth of a lioness to retrieve a piece of bone stuck in her palate?

Have you had the privilege of taking a bear for a walk?

Have you ever witnessed a primate and a canine getting along? Well, read on to know how a monkey carried a pup as one of her own, for days together, and the stories of many, many wild animals.

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Shashidhar M K is an anesthesiologist by profession. In spite of his busy schedule, he finds time to invest in his passion, which is helping animals in distress. He is one of the founding members of the Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Trust (ARRT), based in Bangalore, founded in 1980. He has had the privilege of rescuing, nurturing and rehabilitating over 2000 animals belonging to around forty species. The Trust soon came to be popularly known as “Mini Zoo” by the media.

Shashidhar has caught and rehabilitated around 500 snakes with the help of his brother, including poisonous cobras and vipers to non-poisonous ones like water snakes and rat snakes. He has also spoken on shows broadcasted on the radio, and on television talk shows, apart from educating students and the general public on the conservation of nature.

His other interests include Egyptology and studying ancient civilizations. He also collects Egyptian artifacts.

Shashidhar can be contacted at



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