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Mumtaz Begum Africa Wali – a mythical half-fox, half-woman chimera


‘Mumtaz Begum Africa Wali’  is one of the top attractions at Karachi Zoo in Pakistan. This bizzare creature has a body of a fox and the head of a woman.


There is man behind this job who works there for 12 hours  as a  woman with  heavy make up and a skin of fox. The character is attracts many visitors from Karachi who come to visit this zoo. She tells her story to every person who come to visit her:

“I was born like this in Africa 35 years ago, and I live on cake, juice, and fruits…” She also engages with visitors by answering  their questions in several languages.

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There person who plays  Mumtaz Begum is 33-year-old Murad Ali, who doing this job for last 16 years.  It is a really strange job  for a living, but Ali seems to be happy with his job. “The people who visit here, go away happy. And knowing that they feel happy makes me happy too,” he said. “There is a bond of love between me and them. Life is very short; it should be spent spreading smiles.”


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