A man who has been raising cattle on the roof top of his house realized when the cattle grew that he could no longer lead them downstairs because of their size. He continued taking care of them on the roof top until their size grew to extent that passing through the stairs became a challenge.
What solution did he find? Cranes are now used to lift the cattle to the ground and this is done to the excitement of a crowd that always gathers to witness the activity.
The man has now become famous because the event is now done to mark an annual Muslim Festival.
This exciting activity recently took place in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, where residents watched as cattle were lowered by crane from the top of a four-storey home ahead of the Muslim festival Eid al-Adha.
Quite unlike other Muslims who buy animals for slaughter a few days before the sacrificial holiday, Syed Ejaz Ahmad, 55, said raising his own calves was more economical.
Ahmad began to raise calves in a rooftop shed about 15 years ago. As they grew in size, it became difficult to lead oxen down the narrow staircase of his house.
That was when he decided that calling a crane service would be the ideal solution.
The operation has become an annual event in Ahmad’s neighborhood of Nazimabad, where a crowd cheered as it watched the spectacle unfold.
“I was a bit scared when I did this for the first time,” crane operator Mohammad Hanif said this week as he swung Ahmad’s seven cows and oxen to the ground.
“When the animal’s feet struggled, I thought it might break the straps and fall on the crowd of people, particularly children,” he said. “Now I have a lot of practice doing it.”
Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar and commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim, or Abraham, to sacrifice his son on God’s command.
Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats and sharing the meat with family and friends, as well as donating it to the poor.