Bhutan continues to inspire the world in one way or the other. This time, it does so by asking its people to adopt stray dogs and plant trees as a gift to their king on his birthday. By Kumar Shree

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan recently celebrated its king, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s 40th birthday. Like everything else, the quaint country came up with a brilliant idea to celebrate his birthday. Bhutan’s Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering asked the citizens to adopt stray dogs and plant trees as a gift to their king. It is worth mentioning here that Bhutan is the only carbon-negative country in the world.

“Taking inspiration from His Majesty and re-dedicating to work towards His Majesty’s aspirations for the country, the Prime Minister announced several programmes in the areas of the economy, education, health, and technology. The programmes will be launched over a period of one year. At an individual level, Prime Minister said one can choose to plant a tree and care for it, adopt a stray dog or commit to managing waste in their neighbourhood. A personal commitment such as this, he said, would be the best gift for His Majesty,” PMO Bhutan said in a Facebook post.

Declaring her participation, Bhutanese journalist and mental health advocate Namgay Zam tweeted saying, “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. My fiance and I have adopted 3 strays already. :)”

This is not the first time that Bhutan has come up with such measures. Earlier, the country planted 108,000 trees to celebrate the birth of King Khesar and Queen Pema’s son. The world’s happiest country also repealed sections 213 and 214 of its penal code and decriminalised homosexuality. Earlier this year, the Himalayan paradise also introduced a “sustainable development fee” for regional tourists. This fee will be collected starting from July 2020.

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