A farmer from Shivamogga, in the Indian state of Karnataka, painted tiger stripes on his dog in an attempt to save his crops from monkeys who had been causing mayhem on farms in the area, according to India Times.
The idea came to Srikanta Gowda about four years ago when he saw another farmer using a doll resembling a tiger as a form of scarecrow near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district.These motorists had an incredibly close call with a tiger:
So Gowda decided to get his very own tiger doll for his farm and was pleased to discover that the monkeys were indeed frightened by the faux-predator and thus refrained from raiding his farm.
Two days later the farmer placed the 'tiger' in a different area of the plantation and to his utter delight, the monkeys stopped coming there as well, meaning that his crops were safe.
Gowda knew, however, that he couldn't always rely on the tiger doll - and that's where another idea came about. He began painting his dog so that it resembled a tiger.
Gowda informed the Deccan Herald that he used hair dye to transform his canine into a wild animal and it lasted for more than a month. It was a great deal more efficient than constantly having to change the position of the scarecrow.
Another farmer by the name of JS Chidananda Gowda played a similar trick on the monkeys by playing the sound of a dog barking on a speaker.
There have been other instances, in other parts of the world, in which dogs have been painted in the likeness of a completely different species.
For instance, a cafe in China painted its chow chow dogs to look like panda cubs and was even offered dyeing services for other pets. However, the service sparked outrage for the way the dogs were treated, and the cafe said it would discontinue the service as a result of the backlash.