Friederike Irina Bruning 59-Year-Old German Woman Has Saved 1,200 Cows in Mathura

She has saved as many as 1,200 cows, most of whom were abandoned, sick or injured.

Friederike Irina Bruning. Source: Facebook

Friederike Irina Bruning is a 59-year-old German Girl who came to India out of Berlin in 1978 as a tourist. She came in Radha Kund, Mathura, to search for a guru, as she thought one wanted a guru to progress in life.

However, her life changed after her neighbor suggested that she buy a bunny. She started purchasing books on cows and even educated herself Hindi.

She soon came to care deeply for its bovines. What bothered her the most was that folks left handed cows once they grew older and stopped giving milk. While such cattle are a daily sight to countless Bruning chose to do something about that.

Bruning started a cowshed known as Surabhi Gauseva Niketan, for that she lovingly came to be known as Sudevi Mataji.

She's saved as much as 1,200 cows, many of whom have been abandoned, sick or injured.

Once a cow reaches her cowshed, she takes complete care of the creature by providing food and medication.

"Today, I've 1,200 calves and cows. I don't have sufficient place to adapt more as the location is becoming smaller. But still, I can't deny, when somebody leaves a sick or injured cow out my ashram, I must take her into," she told PTI.

Friederike has built separate enclosures which serve various purposes. One enclosure takes care of cows that need special care; another takes care of blind or badly-injured ones.

There are approximately 60 workers at the cowshed, and as much as ₹22 lakh has been spent each month on their salaries, foodgrain, and medications.

Friederike says it is not easy to spend that much volume. "I've got some land in Berlin. I receive rent from that. Originally, my dad was able to send some money, but presently he is a senior citizen. Every year, I visit Berlin to see him. He's not well. I am not receiving any assistance from the regional authorities, but somehow managing my work," she told PTI.

There is another hurdle. The Indian government hasn't supplied Friederike with a long-term visa yet, and so she must renew her visa every year. "I can't take Indian nationality like I would lose rental income from Berlin. My father had been working in German Embassy in India. It is the money of my parents I have put into this gaushala," she said.