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Pet lovers in India do it on Skype
30th June 2020

People in India who are stressed by the coronavirus lockdown are turning to long-distance pet ownership to relieve their anxieties.

The Scroll.In media website reports that this ‘virtual’ adoption is a growing trend as the lockdown, and need for physical distancing, has lead to an increasing sense of isolation for many.

One example is Raghav Chabra, a 28-year-old chartered accountant in New Delhi, who spends an hour each evening Skyping his distanced pet, Franny.

Franny is a real golden retriever living at a rescue farmhouse on the outskirts of Delhi, looked after by volunteers. Chabra pays for the his food and shelter.

He said: “Talking to Franny and knowing that he is healthy and happy gives me the assurance that at least something is normal. Whenever it’ll be safe to go outdoors, I am planning an entire weekend with him.”