With Love from India: Meet Merry, PETA’s Moo’ving Gift to Harry & Meghan

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are sure to receive a wide variety of wedding gifts, but PETA India's may be the most unique. When Harry weds Meghan, PETA India has a special gift, Merry, for the royal couple.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are sure to receive a wide variety of wedding gifts, but PETA India's may be the most unique. When Harry weds Meghan, PETA India has a special gift, Merry, for the royal couple.

Merry was found alone and suffering from a deep wound on his neck when he was rescued by kind animal lovers and given a new lease at life. Now, Merry is all set to get a royal makeover to his life, thanks to PETA. Animal rights organisation PETA India have decided to gift a bull, named  Merry, a hybrid of the name Meghan and Harry, to the couple who will be married on May 19.

Merry, currently residing at a sanctuary in Maharashtra, was found weak and injured, likely after a lifetime of being forced to toil in the hot sun pulling a heavy cart, has been adopted by the group on behalf of the happy couple and named Merry a hybrid of the names Meghan and Harry in their honour.

PETA frame that will be gifted to Royal Couple
PETA frame that will be gifted to Royal Couple

Of course, the bull, who was rescued after a lifetime of pulling heavy carts and has now been adopted by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, will not make the actual journey to the cooler climes of England. Instead, a framed photograph will be sent.

Rescuing Merry is the ideal wedding present for a couple who want their day celebrated with charitable works and contributions, the group said.

According to PETA India, the royal couple is sure to receive a wide variety of wedding gifts, but their’s may be the most unique. “He (bull) will spend the rest of his days relaxing in peace at a sanctuary in Maharashtra, India,” it said in a statement.

When Harry weds Meghan, PETA India has a special gift, Merry, for the royal couple.
PETA India has a special gift, Merry, for the royal couple.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a known animal lover, will now have a one-ton bull to call their own, it added.

“The royal wedding is the perfect time for anyone to spare a thought for and show some love to all our fellow living beings,” said PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk in a statement.

On being asked why PETA took the decision to adopt the bull, he says, “One of the more common sights in India is that of a bullock trudging along in the heat, straining under a heavy yoke to pull an overloaded, poorly balanced cart. These gentle animals often suffer from dehydration, untreated sores, and muscle strain, and sometimes they are subjected to frequent beatings.”

Merry, The Bull
Merry, The Bull

Merry was found alone and suffering from a deep wound on his neck. His wound has been treated and has completely healed, and he has found a best friend, another bullock, named Barshya, who was also recently rescued, PETA India said.

“Meghan cares about animals and refuses to wear fur, so it seems fitting that her joyous occasion would coincide with the joy that this bull is now experiencing, thanks to his newfound freedom at the sanctuary,” said Sachin Bangera, Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, PETA India.

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