Introducing, Hastaram – the pint-sized, lion-hearted reason for the entire @natgeo #TheLastHoneyHunter project. Years ago Ben Ayers (@jetbutterflies) was in the remote village of Sadhi and responded to a mother having severe complications giving birth. Tragically, the mother didn’t survive – but little Hastaram did and Ben’s place was cemented as a part of the community. 7 years later he brought us on an expedition back to Sadhi on assignment with @natgeo, and Hastaram emerged out of he woodwork and stuck to Ben like a magnet. Without a mother, and with a father who is mostly absent, Hastaram is almost feral. Most evening he goes from house to house where the community takes turns feeding him. ~
During our time in Sadhi, we became a temporary family for him – or at least a very interesting distraction. Of all the kids in the village, his heart is the most wild and free, and he inspired us all to be a bit more so ourselves. Who knows what the future holds for him – perhaps in another decade, he will have the dream. Perhaps he will scale from jungle cliffs and carry on the honey hunting tradition like his neighbors and uncles. We can only hope he hangs on to his wild brilliance as he grows up — the world needs kids like him.
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