A DARING tot relaxes with a slithery new pal at his grandparent’s bizarre animal sanctuary in western India.
Dr Prakash Amte and his wife, Dr Mandakini Amte, set up Animal Ark in their own home to educate tribal families about local wildlife.
They now share their house in Hemalkasa, Maharashtra, with over 100 animals, including snakes, crocodiles, hyenas and leopards.
The couple started the project after discovering a group of locals about to eat an orphaned monkey because they were short of food.
Prakash said: “We offered them rice and vegetables and exchanged it with a monkey. This was our first bargain.”
Incredibly, the Amtes have never been attacked by the beasts in over two decades growing the centre. Prakash said: “Animals became family to us. I call them my family members and the number started increasing until it reached a hundred.”