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Cattle breeders in Karachi use a crane to carry animals down from rooftop farm to take them to the city’s livestock market ahead of Eid al-Adha

Taking your cows to market is not always a straight-forward affair – especially for Pakistani farmers who keep their herd on the roof.  

While seemingly unusual, such sights are common in crowded Karachi, the country’s largest city, where a lack of agricultural plots and a bulging population mean farmers choose to keep their animals on rooftops. 

Thanks to the aid of a crane, the farmers could lower their animals to safety, albeit from the height of a four-storey building.

Slowly does it: A cow is carefully lifted from a rooftop farm in Karachi, Pakistan and lowered to the ground, four storeys below

Slowly does it: A cow is carefully lifted from a rooftop farm in Karachi, Pakistan and lowered to the ground, four storeys below

Using cow-tion: The farmers ensure the animal is carefully strapped and secured as it is lowered towards the ground

Using cow-tion: The farmers ensure the animal is carefully strapped and secured as it is lowered towards the ground 

The animals were being sent off to the livestock market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which begins next Sunday.  

Considered one of the holiest days of the calendar, the festival marks the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah, but his son was then replaced with a lamb.

In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts.

One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and a third is given to family.  

The festival lasts for four days, but some Muslim countries observe a longer holiday.

On the moove: A crowd gathers in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, to watch the animal as it is lifted through the air by crane

On the moove: A crowd gathers in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, to watch the animal as it is lifted through the air by crane

Hoof-way there: After maneuvering the animal from the roof, the crane then begins the process of lowering the cow to safety

Hoof-way there: After maneuvering the animal from the roof, the crane then begins the process of lowering the cow to safety

Keeping a cool herd: The animal appears calm as it makes its way down to the ground, before being transported to market

Keeping a cool herd: The animal appears calm as it makes its way down to the ground, before being transported to market

Touch down: After landing, the cow will be taken off to the livestock market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha

Touch down: After landing, the cow will be taken off to the livestock market ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha

It'll be all white: A second animal is strapped to the crane and lowered while the crowd below watches in anticipation

It’ll be all white: A second animal is strapped to the crane and lowered while the crowd below watches in anticipation

Man on the moo: The seemingly unusual farm is the result of Karachi's crowded population and lack of agricultural plots

Man on the moo: The seemingly unusual farm is the result of Karachi’s crowded population and lack of agricultural plots

Holy cow: The animal will be transported to market, ahead of Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in the Muslim calendar

Holy cow: The animal will be transported to market, ahead of Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in the Muslim calendar

Cow-ful does it: The farmer and his animal make their way steadily towards the waiting crowd four storeys beneath them

 Cow-ful does it: The farmer and his animal make their way steadily towards the waiting crowd four storeys beneath them

Joining the herd: The animal is just metres away from joining others that have already made their descent to the ground

Joining the herd: The animal is just metres away from joining others that have already made their descent to the ground

Back down to earth: The animals will be sacrificed as part of a Muslim festival commemorating prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah

Back down to earth: The animals will be sacrificed as part of a Muslim festival commemorating prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah

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