Struggling with trying to protect his crops, a farmer in India had a rather unique approach to scaring away animals that meant giving his dog a rather unusual makeover.
By, 8 Dec 2019
Being a farmer is pretty hard work at the best of times and it can be made even tougher when animals damage and steal their crops. But sometimes conventional ways of deterring animals just don't pack enough punch. One farmer realised he had to think outside of the box if he was going to protect his coffee crop that he'd painstakingly cultivated.
Srikanth Gowda, from Nallur in Thirthahalli, India was struggling to protect his coffee crops from some local cheeky monkeys.
He first came up with the idea of putting soft toy tigers around his field in the hope it would frighten off the animals. While it seemed to have the effect he wanted, the farmer decided to go one step further. This meant roping in the help of his faithful Labrador, Bulbul.
Guard dog or guard tiger?
But he didn't want Bulbul to just be a guard dog.
The farmer decided to turn his dog into a guard tiger.
Gowda used paint to turn his dog into a tiger and sent him out to protect the fields.
Unbelievably, the dog to tiger makeover seemed to do the trick. However, some could suggest the simple presence of a large Labrador could have had the same effect rather than the stripes.
Gowda told Asia News International: "Earlier I used to bring soft toys from Goa and place them in my fields to scare away the monkeys. But in the long run, the colour of the toy used to fade and the monkeys would return to damaging the crop.
"I now take Bulbul to the fields twice a day - in the morning and evening. I have seen them running away at the sight of the dog.
"The monkeys now refrain from entering my plantations."
It seems that the farmer's rather unusual idea has caught on and others in the village are now copying his idea to scare monkeys away.
Case of the Pink Poodle
It's not the first time we've heard about a dog owner putting coloured dye on their pets.
This summer, Lydia Geall, a dog groomer from Hull was heavily criticised for giving her Poodle called Eggz a pink makeover. Although she claimed to have used semi-permanent, vegan and dog-friendly dyes when she gave the little Poodle bright-pink feet and tail, she was accused of cruelty and even abusing her dog.
Dye can harm animals
However, while the farmer's unique idea may have apparently done the job, putting any dye on any animal’s fur is not recommended.
The RSCPA say that dying an animal’s fur can be very confusing and even frightening for them as they don’t understand what is going on and could find it distressing. While some may think dying fur is harmless, some of the inks and dyes are toxic and can be extremely harmful to an animal.
The animal charity says that even if a product is marked as ‘pet-friendly’ they urge people not to use it as it could make the animal very ill.