The Urban Animal Project: Rex (Cam 1)
Director: Nisha Vasudevan
Duration: 00:02:45; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 66.565; Saturation: 0.033; Lightness: 0.413; Volume: 0.288; Cuts per Minute: 19.205
Summary: Cities are not “natural habitats”. However, over the years cities have become the spaces in which many animals have evolved; they are now the homes on which they have imprinted. The Urban Animal Project aims to document these species against the backdrop of a cityscape.
This is a work-in-progress which will be conducted in many phases, the first of which looks at land mammals in the city of Mumbai. Phase I delves into the reasons these animals are present in such a physical environment as opposed to existing in the wild. At the same time, it investigates what provisions are available for them and whether or not they are implemented. These laws are looked into with reference and from the point of view of municipal bodies, non-profit organisations, veterinary practice and the current curriculum, the meat and dairy industries, beasts of burden, animal trade and the role of superstition, among others.
Over time, The Urban Animal Project is expected to expand into marine life, protected areas within cities, birds, monsoon ecosystems and hopefully many other areas.
This set of clips have been shot at the dog shelter at the animal hospital, which is run by the BSPCA. They feature Rex, a dog whose leg had to be amputated.
Currently being worked on by Namaah Kumar, Reema Sengupta, Falak Mulchandani and Nisha Vasudevan. Each phase of The Urban Animal Project will be edited into short documentaries.
Rex and an unnamed dog live together in this enclosure. They are both curious and friendly.
Rex's leg had to be amputated after an accident, but he seems to be managing fine!
Bai Sakarbai Dinshaw Petit Hospital for Animals
Rex and his companion live together in a fairly large space similar to Sheru's enclosure.
Rex's slightly mangier, older, and skinnier companion probably doesn't get as much attention as his room-mate, but he is still a darling.
The enclosure has a neat little cleaning area, a place for them to sleep which is covered, and plenty open space for them to run around.
Old toys lie around all enclosures!