What this strongly suggersts is that elephant conservation may be powerfully assisted with the help of dogs to provide a cordon sanitaire arond the herd against poachers. We can not arrange for twenty four seven human shepherds very easily, but training an army of dogs is not an impossibility and using occasional human interaction to work with them becomes efficient.
A herd can be checked daily or twice daily if necessary to protect the dogs over night. I think soon enough that the elephants will figure it all out and work with us and the dogs.
This needs to be explored and tried out. If we use large guard dogs, even the poachers will be intimidated.
Curious Case Of The Dog And The Elephant: Adorable Duo Become Firm Friends
Yahoo News – Fri, 28 Aug, 2015
It’s straight out of a Disney movie.
The unlikely duo were recently caught on camera playing together at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.
At first, pachyderm Yindee wasn’t sure what to make of its new four-legged companion.
But they soon became the best of pals.
The footage, which has gone viral online in recent days, sees the dog barking and running around the much-larger animal.
Yindee then begins jumping up and down with joy, before chasing the pooch and flinging dirt into the sky.
The Elephant Nature Park is located in the northern Chiang Mai province.
It was set up in the 1990s to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for dozens of distressed elephants who have been saved from all over Thailand.
Yindee, who’s name translates to “Pleasure,” was born on August 24, 2013 - and is now 2-years-old.