Mysore: Anil Kumble is not only source of inspiration for the upcoming cricket stars in India, but also a role model for all animal lovers across the country.
Legendary cricketer, who is also the Vice-Chairman of Karnataka State Wildlife Board, has adopted a newborn baby giraffe from the Mysore Zoo on Monday.
Kumble named it Laxmi and handed over a sum of Rs 25,000 to the Zoo authorities. The female giraffe Kushi gave birth to the calf ten days ago at the zoo.
Khushi came to Mysore from Lucknow Zoo in 2007 in exchange for a pair of Chimpanzees. She is now five years old.
The Zoo authorities informed Kumble that his money will be spend on providing nutritious food for Khushi, as Laxmi will be dependent solely on mother's milk for a period of at least 40 days.
Anil Kumble is now trying hard to get an Asiatic Lion from the Gir National Park in Gujarat and Indian Rhino from the Kaziranga National Park, Assam, for the Mysore Zoo.