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Mehmet Akay, the chairman of Pugedon, said the curfews and lockdowns imposed in Turkey to curb the coronavirus has made it more difficult for stray animals to find food, and hence they came up with the novel idea of creating a “mamamatiks”, aka vending machines for pets.

Noting that stray animals can fall ill when they cannot find enough water and food, and especially young ones often die, Akay said his company developed the machine to meet the nutritional needs of street animals.

The way this machine contributes to both causes is by giving credit for plastic, glass and metal boxes deposited into the mamamatik that can then be used to dispense food and water for the animals from the same machine.

Akay said the company had installed 55 mamamatiks in Istanbul and 20 in other provinces for now. He added that animals on the street have even started to recognize the mamamatiks and know where to go when they get thirsty and hungry.

Source: Daily Sabah