Pictures of a stray dog that has been decorated to look like a tiger are making internet rounds. The incident occurred in Malaysia. Those who did this may have done it for fun, but with an animal rights organization in the country the act has not gone down well.
After a stray dog was found painted to look like a tiger, an animal rights organization has asked the public for details.
The Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia-the Malaysia Animal Association-posted pictures showing a dog decorated with orange and black stripes, marking it as one of the big cats (kind of).
The organization on animal welfare encourages people to come forward with details about the dog, potentially leading to the arrest of the suspect.
The group posted on Facebook, saying: "Help Animal Malaysia identify the location and who that animal belongs to.
"A mystery reward awaits those who come forward with complete information on the incident."
One user commented: "The dog's face is sad, such a shame."
Another replied saying: "The dog has to take a bath and have its coat shaved to get rid of all the chemicals. Sorry dog, remember the thug who did this to you."
It is not the first time we have seen a drawn dog looking like a tiger. A farmer in India painted his dog like a tiger last year in an effort to keep monkeys away from its coffee harvest.
Srikanth Gowda, from a village in Thirthahalli named Nallur, said he first tried to put soft toy tigers in his fields to scare off the nasty monkeys, and this seemed to do the trick.
Inspired by his first venture's success, Gowda then felt it was right to do one better, and roped for help in his Labrador Bulbul.
Slapping some dark hair dye on Bulbul, Gowda transformed his faithful dog into a tiger of fortune and sent him out into the fields.
Shivamogga: A farmer painted his dog to make it look like a tiger at Nallur village,Thirthahalli. Farmer's daughter says,'It was my father's idea to scare monkeys away. Earlier, monkeys used to destroy all our crops. Everyone in our village is replicating his idea." #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/oBH1rUlEUZ— ANI (@ANI) December 2, 2019
This seemed to do the trick, miraculously. Whether or not this was due to the fact that at a bunch of monkeys there was a huge Labrador running wild, rather than the stripe effect itself is still being debated.
Gowda told Asia News International at the time: "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."