Earlier this morning, I received an email from someone telling me about a man named Joseph, who feeds 6,000 birds every single day on his rooftop in Chennai, India.
As we were heading to Chennai to conclude our 10-day India road trip, our first stop upon arrival was Joseph’s house, where I made this spontaneous video about his life story.
In 2004, the state of Tamil Nadu was crushed by a massive tsunami which killed 230,000 people in total. In the aftermath of this natural disaster, a few parakeets showed up on Joseph’s rooftop. He would feed them white rice, and they would keep coming back every day. Word spread among the bird community, and now thousands show up every morning & evening to get fed.
Joseph pays $35 USD out of pocket every day to buy 75 kilograms of rice, which he carefully lays out in small piles for the birds to eat. He hasn’t missed a day in 15 years. Now that’s what I call dedication!
This man truly has a heart of gold. I can only imagine how many more parakeets will be there the next time I stop by 🙂