These Dogs Make a ‘Very Happy’ Return to the Surface After Being Stuck Underground for a Long Time

These Dogs Make a ‘Very Happy’ Return to the Surface After Being Stuck Underground for a Long Time

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When we think of anything needing saving and dogs being involved we tend to think that the dogs are coming to the rescue, and that’s typically the case.

Dogs are awesome companions and have earned the title of being man’s best friend by all their courageous, selfless acts. They can be seen coming to the rescue in fires where they point out victims who might be trapped, they can also be seen helping the authorities track down the bad guy in numerous scenarios, or helping to find lost people.

They even come to the rescue in smaller, but equally important ways such as being of service to the blind or disabled, they can also be trained to protect owners from thugs who want to break in and do unmentionable things to people. Even in TV shows or movies we see the dog coming to the rescue and helping everyone out. However, in this story we see the script flipped when these pups are the ones needing a rescuing, and a group steps in to lend a hand to their paw.

It was a pair of canines who are now protected in the wake of being found 12 meters deep down in a mining tunnel in outback South Australia. A Coober Pedy occupant heard the whimpering and crying from the lower part of his opal mining shaft earlier and called the nearby committee, who then confirmed the pair of pups trapped. At that point, called the State Emergency Service (SES) unit to research.

They found there were two canines at the lower part of the shaft on Post Office Hill Road. The pups looked like they had been there for quite a while. Coober Pedy SES unit administrator Anthony Daelman-Whitaker said the rescue mission called for around three hours to set up. This is because they needed certain types of equipment to be adjusted to suit the canines and be supported by the mine.

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The mission went on without a hitch and the now-safe pups were thankful to see the sunlight once again after being trapped in complete darkness around 1:30 p.m.

“They were very happy when we got them back up top,” Mr. Daelman-Whitaker said. “It didn’t take very long for tails to start wagging and mouths to be in water bowls.”

At first, they pondered who the two pups belonged to, dog catcher Roger Boland said the pair began pulling on their leashes towards homes not too far from where they were.

“I said to my mate ‘we might as well let them go’, so we let them go and that was it,” Mr. Boland said. “One ran straight up the hill and away he went; the other one went the other way. They must have been mates but they don’t live in the same house kind of thing.”

Like something you’d expect to see straight out of a movie, the dogs bolted in different directions as if they knew exactly where to go. The crew didn’t find the need to use the tranquilizers they brought with them just in case things went south and the dogs turned out to be violent.

As of now, a barrier has been placed over the mining tunnel entrance to prevent such a scenario again. The dogs are now happy and safe again, and no one really knows just how long they were trapped down there.

This is one good story where we see humans coming to the rescue of our favorite furry companions, and what’s more, is that the Bible actually says for us to do this. To care for all the animals of the Earth. Good on this crew, and all involved who helped these two lost puppies.