We also have a gang of friendly pooches here at MEF! They have all been vaccinated against rabies and other diseases by our friends and neighbours the Dogstar Foundation. Traditionally dogs and elephants do not get on but our elephants and pups are very used to each other!
The dogs are truly part of the family here and love a friendly pat, the dogs always charm the volunteers and have them wrapped around their little err paws instantly so they get spoilt with lots of treats. Some of the dogs that live by the museum have two names, and English name and a Sri Lankan name. High demand on our facebook page has led to us providing some pictures of our other herd.
Stumpy- so called because he lost a leg after being run over by a tuk tuk! This doesn’t hold him back, he is leader of the gang and delights in showering guests with dirt as he shows off his one-legged digging skills! Just as well they then have an elephant shower!
Here are some pictures of him lazing around and showing Raja who’s boss!
Colin is Second in command and always very popular with volunteers. He is friendly and sociable and always comes over to be made a fuss of. His Sri Lankan name is Calu.
Winnie or tutti- meaning small in Sinhalese is the lady of the group, she has pretty dark rimmed eyes that mean she always looks a bit sad and pathetic.
In March 2012 Millennium Elephant Foundation were delighted to be able to offer assistance to our good friends the Dogstar Foundation by offering them use of our land and open shed (Soon be be converted into an elephant house!) for their Sirius 500 Clinic in partnership with TAPA (Tsunami Animal People Alliance). They were able to sterilise and vaccinate over 500 cats and dogs in just 20 days as well as educate many local people- especially children on the proper treatment of animals!
We were delighted to be part of the clinic and it was a truly great thing to see three animal charities (all WSPA member societies) working together for a common animal welfare goal.