Reservoir Dogs

 

 

Oh, while we’re talking about wildlife, mustn’t forget the dogs. This kind of dog is all over Sri Lanka, and there are actually lots of groups working on helping to rescue and take care of street dogs — we bought some souvenirs in the airport from a shop run by one of those groups, with the profits going towards medical needs and adoption efforts.

There are some street / community dogs native to Sri Lanka, such as the Sinhala hound (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinhala_Hound), which were trained for hunting (accompanied by bow and arrow) by the indigenous Veddah community. And there is evidence that goes much further back:

“The skeletal remains of dogs from Nilgala cave and from Bellanbandi Palassa, dating from the Mesolithic era, about 4500 BC, suggest that Balangoda Man may have kept domestic dogs for driving game.”

 

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