Jordanian man raises deer at home

This grandfather raises 30 deer in his garden

LOCATION: Amman, Jordan

The 60-year-old pilot started his hobby eight years ago

and now also raises ostriches, peacocks, chicken and sheep

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN MAN RAISING ANIMALS AT HOME, HASSAN AL ABOUS, SAYING:"When I first started, I received three deer as a gift, two females and one male. I then developed a hobby of raising them. I grew to love deer and they became my hobby. I enjoy looking at them, especially in the morning and when they are newborns. This is why I got more of them. If I didn't have this as my hobby and have a real interest and love for them, I wouldn’t have got more and bred this many."

He says the animals are his source of serenity

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN MAN RAISING ANIMALS AT HOME, HASSAN AL ABOUS, SAYING:"The 30 deer cost between 300 Jordanian Dinars ($423) to 500 ($705) on a monthly basis to cover fodder, medicine and a vet. There is no financial return from them."

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JORDANIAN MAN RAISING ANIMALS AT HOME, HASSAN AL ABOUS, SAYING: "A lot of my friends visit with their children. Sometimes I used to receive school trips here before the lockdown, and the children enjoyed looking (at the animals) and the area. The children enjoyed seeing unusual animals like deer, ostriches, peacocks which I have inside."

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