Being trapped in a tiny hole 200 feet below the surface, for 10 whole days, is truly nerve-racking. As for this puppy, one can only imagine the terror he might have experienced. The whole nation held its breath till the pup was finally rescued, and it all ended well.
In the town of Beykoz, Turkish residents could hear whimpering coming from a small borehole that was under one foot in diameter, but more than 200 feet (61 meters) deep. There was a three-month-old puppy down there. How he got down there is anyone’s guess. It was abundantly clear that he could never escape on his own.
Soon, the emergency crew gathered to try to find a solution. Firstly, they erected a tent around the hole to keep the trapped animal protected from rain water. Although they managed to lower food to him, they couldn’t come up with a solution to rescue him.
The media became interested in the puppy’s plight, and soon the whole nation was transfixed with the situation. How could the puppy be rescued from a seemingly impossible situation? When they saw the pup through a camera, the poor pup was alive but looked pretty scared.
Energy Minister, Berat Albayrak, soon heard about it and organized for the state-owned mining company, Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises, to intervene. They used a long robot-like lasso and lowered it down the hole, managing to secure the pup, and, amid applause and excitement, pulled it to the surface.
The Kangal puppy, which is a native Turkish guard dog, was named Kuyu, Turkish for “well,” and was examined by the vet. He was found to be in good health, although a bit rattled from the terrifying experience.
Kuyu’s story has ended well with the firefighters from Beykoz adopting him, so he will now live at the station. Who knows, in the future, Kuyu may be able to help save someone’s life.
And that’s just another story of kind-hearted people working together to help other living beings in distress. What a wonderful act!