The dogs are locked in at night, but due to the heat the windows are left open. For reasons unknown, Dunston managed to climb out of the window in the night. Unfortunately he fell prey to a leopard.
Leopard attacks on humans occur more in Nepal than in India. Leopards tend to try to avoid humans, but conflict occurs when they seek out livestock. Globally, increasing urbanisation and the loss of habitat and natural prey are thought to be driving wild animals and human populations closer. I wonder if the recent catastrophic earthquake in Nepal may also have had an impact on the leopard and its prey populations.
Dunston will be greatly missed, not least by his partner Ambar Magar. He was an excellent search and rescue, and cadaver dog. He was also the pack leader and the clown of the family. He made friends wherever he went and brought comfort to children affected by the earthquake while SAR Dogs Nepal delivered much needed aid to remote villages.
On a happier note; Dunston was a lover not a fighter. Taking advantage of the fact that many SAR Dogs Nepal staff were helping their families during the rice planting season, Dunston wooed fellow SAR Dog, Madame Tulsi. The happy results of their illicit affair are two Dunston juniors, Chetan and Chitra (a third puppy, Chandra sadly did not make it).
As you can see from the photos, Chetan and Chitra are very cute pudgy pups. Their inquisitive and mischievous natures will be harnessed as they are trained to become the next generation of SAR Dogs in Nepal, proudly following in their father’s pawsteps.
You can find out more about the vital work of SAR Dogs Nepal on their website, as well as how to donate so that you can help them to help those in need. You can also follow them on Twitter for regular “pupdates” on their progress @sardogsnepal
For the moment though, destroying flower pots is sufficient to tire them out.
All photographs are copyright, and used courtesy of, SAR Dogs Nepal and Nirjung Gurung.