On the way to the area where the elephants are kept i had eaten a banana and afterwards wiped my hands off on my pants as we kids like to do.
As you can see in the photo, these elephants are kept on a short chain and that's all, so when this little guy got close enough to me to smell the banana on my pants he pulled on my pant leg towards him until they were around my ankles. Lucky for me Dad was not far away and was able to pull me from the little guys grasp before anything bad happened.
Lucky for me it was the little guy who got hold of me and not one of the bigger ones.
My warning to all: Do not go near these elephants if you smell like a banana.
They are cute to look at but, keep your distance. This little guy ran up my leg, and tried to grab my camera out of my hands. Luckily this time around I was faster, so no damage was done. Two bikini clad girls came along shortly after me and one suffered a nasty bite to her finger. Best advice: Stay away from these little creatures.
If seeing the street dogs in Koh Samui upsets you, and if you're a good person and animal lover, instead of turning a blind-eye why not do something about it?
Try something different during your holidays and volunteer at the
Dog Rescue Centre Samui!
The centre is owned and run by Brigitte & her husband Werner (both German, but fluent in English). It opened its doors in April 1999 and carries out the following activities:
- To inject all stray dogs and cats against rabies.
- To sterilise all dogs and cats by castration.
- To treat dogs suffering from mange.
- To deworm all dogs & cats.
- To treat all stray dogs & cats in the event of injury or sickness and give them somewhere to rest.
The centre either captures, sterilises, vaccinates and releases healthy dogs, or allows older or injured dogs to stay at their large shelter to live a happy and healthy life.
Not only dogs, but also cats are helped by the DRCS and Brigitte and Werner also try to rehome animals on the island, or even help with tourists wishing to adopt a dog/cat and transporting them to their home country at the end of their holiday in Samui.
John and I volunteered for 2 days at the large shelter at Ban Taling Ngam. Bottle-feeding puppies, taking out ticks, and giving the animals lots of snuggles and love!
--> Material donations are always appreciated: old towels, dog/cat toys, flea collars, shampoos, Frontline, etc.
Or: If you would like to carry on helping after your holiday has ended, you can also sponsor and dog or cat for only USD 15.- / EURO 15.- a month!
Check out their website and experience a holiday with a difference. We loved it and I will surely be returning to Koh Samui to once again help out Brigitte with the lovely dogs & cats.
When you are on Koh Samui you will notice many dogs all over the island. I never had any problem with them myself, but I talked to a woman on the beach that was bitten in the face. I also heard from a person who was bitten on the leg as he walked past a dog on the sidewalk.
The dogs fight with each other enough during the day, but at night all hell breaks lose at times. There was a few nights that I could hear dogs barking, yelping, fighting outside my hut. With this in mind, most of the dogs that you will see are not in very good shape. Most of them are beat up or flea ridden, however there are some exceptions to this of course.
My warning is to be careful when near the dogs that you see, especially at night or when eating on the beach. From what I saw on the beach, everytime somebody tried to be nice to one dog, another would get upset and a fight would soon start.
Well, thats what we saw one sunny day.
A innocent girl was approaching the beach with air-matress from the sea. When she reached the sea, this doggy came running and starting to bite the air-matress!
The girl had to give that air-matress to that beast for her own safety.
The doggy just bite and bite and bite until, "pfooof", air-matress was empty.
After that, the dog lifted up his left back leg, and marked the air-matress.
Around the streets and beaches at Chaweng, there seem to be an endless number of dogs just wandering around. I never saw any acting agressively towards anyone but it's best to leave them alone.
I had a hard time not to pet them, and to keep in mind that street dogs might transmit all kinds of deseases :-(