Big Baan Sightings
Thod & Phod
Writer: Devika Soni
Illustrator: Archana Amberkar
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Hello there! My name is Kalia, the resident crow of Big Baan. Once a small forest, Big Baan has now expanded because of an earthquake. Come with me as I introduce you to my new neighbours!

Thod and Phod are gaur siblings who live in Big Baan and serve as Pu’Rani’s body guards. Thod is a boy and Phod is a girl. They arrived in Big Baan with their boss when the earthquake shifted the Big Baan forest to the north.

Did you know that the Indian bison, or gaur, is found in parts of Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. They are the largest wild cattle and they grow almost up to 1 meter or 6 feet tall. That is the same as placing 12 average-sized ball pens end to end! Gaurs have big bodies, curving horns and most of them have blue eyes. They feed on grass, leaves, fruits, twigs, barks and bamboo.

I went around the forest and spoke to my fellow residents to know more about Thod and Phod. Here’s what they had to say:

Check out Tendu’s story here.

Read that hilarious adventure of Pu’Rani here.

Read this issue to find out how Doob Doob won the challenge.

Hold on… what’s happening there behind the bushes? Is that Ranga? Would you like to know about him? Well, that’s another story for another day.

Sources:
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/2891/46363646#habitat-ecology
https://www.britannica.com/animal/gaur
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