In Zimbabwe, a 38-year-old year old Mabvuku man identified as Philemon Murefu has been made popular the unique way he takes care of his pets.
The young man is just a pet lover but is fond of wearing clothes for his dogs and carrying his chickens on his shoulders, as he stroll round the community.
NAIJ.com gathered that about two weeks ago, the young man was in the news after he invited his neighbours, family members and friends to a special funeral service held in honor of one of his chickens but got insulted afterwards.
In an interview with H-Metro, he revealed that he decided to hold a funeral service for his chicken because he had a special bond with the bird.
Murefu said: “When I was a young boy, my mother had so much passion for animals so I was raised in an environment where they were so many domesticated animals. I am really affected whenever an animal which I would have kept dies, the same feeling I get when losing a loved one is the same when any of my pets dies. I shed tears when one of my chickens dies, the bird was a special bed to me because for the two years I had stayed with it was friendly and loving to me. It died when I was not at home and I was informed about the death over the phone and I told them not to bury it because I wanted to give it a befitting send off.”
Still speaking about the funeral of his chicken, the young man revealed that he has received a lot of insults from people but that did not still stop him from doing that which he thought was right.
He said: “I got so many insults from people close to me especially some of my relatives and friends they were accusing me of doing something that was taboo but they did not understand the bond I had with Beauty. When I came back home I mourned my friend and I buried it at the corner of the house, I invited friends and those who were willing to me came and we mourned my bird and everything went well. I am now looking forward to put a tombstone at the grave, what I did was temporary but I am hoping to raise money soon and do a proper thing.”
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Philemon further added that he has two dogs namely Bush and Masket, who he treat as his own children. They both have a wardrobe full of clothes and he sets aside about $5 (N1,950) for them monthly.
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