A caring Burmese man is feeding hungry street animals amid the political turmoil in his home country.
Footage shows the animal lover feeding the birds in Yangon, Myanmar on January 31, as protests spread and army chiefs moved to topple leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
However, caring U Aye Cho remained in his own tranquil world, feeding the hungry stray pigeons, rats, cats and dogs, in the city.
The man has been nicknamed ‘Mr Crow’ by neighbours as he frequently brings a bag of bread and grains to feed the animals in Yangon.
U Aye Cho told locals he had followed the same routine for 18 years – waking up at 4am in the morning to perform Hindu rituals before walking to a temple and feeding animals along the way.
A few minutes before 6 a.m., he would leave his home and head to a temple Bo Aung Kyaw Road to pay respect to the divinities.
He then proceeds to then Penna Ramika Buddhist Monastery on Thein Phyu Road and stay for a while to feed the birds. He also visits the famous Kandawgyi Natural Park where there are more stray animals to feed such as rats.
U Aye Cho said he keeps a separate fund from his bank account to buy food for the animals – which he will continue doing even with the current coup.
He said: ‘I save money to continuously buy them food. The interest I receive from my savings account is spent for the animals.
‘Since the election there has been more problems but the animals still need someone to care for them.’
Despite the political turmoil in Myanmar, the animal lover said he will continue with his advocay no matter how dangerous it gest on the roads.
He said: ‘I can’t stop doing it now, the animals have gone closer to me. I want to be able to feed them as long as I could.’
Unrest has grown in Myanmar, also known as Burma, following disputed elections last November. The Union Election Commission (UEC) is accused of undermining the election and opponents claim there was widespread fraud.
Following the protests, which have gathered pace since the elections, Myanmar’s military later took control of the country and detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians to seize power. They also disconnected phone and Internet services in a move branded a military coup and slammed by leaders across the world.
The military said in a statement that ‘all authority has been given to the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared’. Reacting to events, The White House said it was ‘alarmed’ by the developments in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
Burma was governed by Britain from 1824 to 1948, during which time it became the second-wealthiest country in Southeast Asia but following independence was ruled by the military until 2011 when democratic reforms began.