A few months ago, I started off this year’s blog-a-thon by telling you how my little village of Sauraha has changed and yet stayed the same. Now, as I’m ready to leave this home for my home in Canada, I’d like to conclude my time in Nepal by telling you about some of Sauraha’s furrier residents. Let’s start off with some of the big boys.
These are girls, actually. Male elephants are considered too unpredictable to ferry tourists into the Chitwan jungle. I am also happy to report that Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, made sure that elephant dung does not smell bad. Elephant farts on the other hand…
There has been some work for the benefit of the elephants. An American woman has started a wonderful project that ensures these big, beautiful, family-oriented animals live together in enclosed areas rather than being chained up to a post alone. Some tour offices in Sauraha are now suggesting that it would be better for the elephants to spend less time carrying tourists through the jungle when visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk on their own two feet. Once again, I strongly suggest you come to my little village of Sauraha and take a walk in the jungle
One way to get around town is to take a horse cart. There is something very 19th century about hearing the clip-clop of horse hooves on the newly paved streets of Sauraha. Some of the horses are better cared for than others, which is unfortunate — but at least Nepalis aren’t fond of horse meat.
These big guys work for a living, carting tourists around the town. It’s a lot better than being on someone’s plate for dinner.
Being a male human in Nepal is good. It’s not so good being a male of any other species. Female buffalos make more buffalos and milk. Male buffalos make good mo-mos.
This male goat looks sad because he knows that, sooner or later, there is going to be a festival, marriage or some ceremony that he’s going to be invited to. He won’t be attending as a guest, but will end up in many guest’s bellies. Not an ideal way to experience a party.
The same goes for these ducks. But I will tell you that there is a lot less quacking and cock-a-doodling in town after a big holiday
Cats, being extremely camera shy, are very hard to photograph — except for this little guy who found me a most excellent salt lick.
WELNepal’s great friend, wordsmith and dog lover Ashley was very happy to hear that the great folks from HART were back in town this year, neutering all the strays they could capture. Street dogs are not the Nepali’s favorite animals and the dogs know it. They keep a very low profile during the day. But when the HART van drove through town, there was always a very angry pack of doggies still recovering from their surgeries tearing after the van, letting them know exactly how they felt about their new situation. At least they are not on the menu at festivals.
I’m going to miss all my friends in Sauraha, human and not, as I prepare to head home to enjoy the last gasps of winter.