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Merry is his name, a sanc­tu­ary in Ma­ha­rash­tra now his home and Bri­tain's soon to be mar­ried royal cou­ple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, his new ‘own­ers’. Merry the In­dian bull — the name is a hy­brid of Meghan and Harry — is an­i­mal rights body PETA’s wed­ding gift to the roy­als, who will be mar­ried on May 19.

Of course, the bull, who was res­cued af­ter a life­time of pulling heavy carts and has now been adopted by the Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals, will not make the ac­tual jour­ney to the cooler climes of Eng­land. In­stead, a framed pho­to­graph will be sent. Res­cu­ing Merry is the ideal wed­ding present for a cou­ple who want their day cel­e­brated with char­i­ta­ble works and con­tri­bu­tions, the group said. Ac­cord­ing to PETA In­dia, the royal cou­ple is sure to re­ceive a wide va­ri­ety of wed- ding gifts, but their's may be the most unique.

“An In­dian bull who was found weak and in­jured, likely af­ter a life­time of be­ing forced to toil in the hot sun pulling a heavy cart, has been adopted by the group on be­half of the happy cou­ple and named Merry in their hon­our. “He (bull) will spend the rest of his days re­lax­ing in peace at a sanc­tu­ary in Ma­ha­rash­tra, In­dia,” it said in a state­ment. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will now have a one-ton bull to call their own, it added.

“The royal wed­ding is the per­fect time for any­one to spare a thought for and show some love to all our fel­low liv­ing be­ings,” said PETA Founder In­grid Newkirk in a state­ment. Merry was found suf­fer­ing from a deep wound on his neck. His wound has been treated and has com­pletely healed, and he has found a best friend, an­other bul­lock, named Barshya, who was also recently res­cued, PETA In­dia said.

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