The positive effects of grooming

The Rahat team holds workshops for local villagers to teach them the positive effects of grooming, as this calf owner is demonstrating. Not only does grooming help keep the animal’s skin free of ectoparasites and allow the owner to check for wounds and bites that need treatment, it’s also a bonding experience that helps the bullock feel more relaxed and trusting toward the owner, rather than anxious and fearful—a natural reaction for any animals whose owners have only ever raised a whip to them, crushed their testicles with a stone, or put a metal torture device under their yoke.

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