The people who had found her then rolled up their sleeves and jumped right in to help rescuers load Mabel into the rescue truck. Unfortunately, in India, impoverished people often find themselves searching through trash to find food or other valuables in order to survive. They usually share the space with cows who have been dumped by local dairy farmers.
“Cows who are not lactating are often abandoned or let loose by owners who live nearby because they don't want to pay [to feed them],” Erika Abrams, cofounder of AAU, told The Dodo. “They may believe the cow will get plenty of nourishment from the garbage. Either the owner doesn't know about the hazards of plastic and toxic substances, or does not care ... Those who are wandering are simply looking for food because they are hungry.”