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Telangana shepherd uses bird's nest as face mask to visit pension office, photo goes viral
Mekala decided to make his own face mask. He wore the nest of a weaver bird as a face cover.
A photo of a Telangana shepherd using a bird's nest to cover his face has gone viral on social media. The shepherd has been identified as Mekala Kurmayya, who hails from Chinnamunugal Chad in Telangana's Mahbubnagar district. He reportedly had to visit the Mandal office to collect his pension when he used the bird's nest as a face mask.
Knowing that he would not be allowed to enter a government office without a face mask at a time when COVID-19 cases are on the surge in the state, Mekala decided to make his own face mask. He wore the nest of a weaver bird as a face cover.
A photo of Mekala going viral on social media shows him wearing a white kurta and lungi, along with a gamchha. He holds a stick while wearing the bird's nest mask as he poses for the camera.
The photo is going viral with the caption, "Mekala Kurmayya can’t buy a mask-still wore one. Kurmayya who hails from Chinnamunugal Chad in Mahabubnagar district #Telangana came to mandal center for a pension wearing a bird-nest as a mask! Not the best-but he tried. Govts should distribute masks for those who can’t afford."
Netizens had mixed reactions to the photo. One user said, "Can someone arrange mask for him. This is heartbreaking." Another wrote, "Just a disciplined rural folk we have, over unruly urbanites. Tell them to wear a mask and they have 1000 ways to avoid."
Yet another user commented, "Those who have a mask and still not wearing it properly-please learn something from this old man."
There were some who questioned why didn't Mekala use the cloth on his shoulder as a mask, posting, "Why need mask if he has Gamccha on his shoulder. Use that as a mask."