Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering. File image

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering urged the countrymen to adopt a stray dog and plant a tree as a gift to the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on the occasion of his 40th birthday on Friday.

“Our @PMBhutan has just asked every Bhutanese family to adopt a stray dog each as a gift for His Majesty on His Birthday today in order to deal with our stray dog population problem in a humane manner. And to plant a tree,” tweeted Bhutanese journalist and mental health advocate Namgay Zam sharing the PM’s appeal.

“My fiance and I have adopted 3 strays already,” she further added


Zam’s tweet was appreciated by several twitter users with one user named Vidya saying, “The world has so much to learn from Bhutan!”

“Really good initiative. Bhutan is a model neighbour,” wrote another user Srijan Sen.

“And the world will be *such* a beautiful place, if only we could care for every creature the way we did for our families…Thank you, Bhutan, for showing the way!” wrote Aparna Karthikeyan.

Bhutan’s leading newspaper Kuensel has reported that the uncontrolled stray dog population of the country has led to many issues.

“There has been a rise in cases of dog bites in the country,” Kuensel had reported.

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