As he searched a field for food weeks ago, an elderly blind dog fell into a 26-foot-deep well in Bosnia.
Local children would throw food down to the trapped dog, but no one informed animal rescuers Fahrudin Caki Bravo and Ratko Koblar about the poor dog’s predicament until last week.
“None of the locals felt compelled to rescue him, sadly,” wrote Laura Simpson, founder of the Harmony Fund, a nonprofit that helps animal rescue groups around the world, on its Facebook page. “It was only when rescuers from 200 kilometers [about 125 miles] away learned about this crisis, that they went straight over to help.”
The appropriately-named Bravo and Koblar brought climbing gear and some volunteers to the well. Using a rope, Koblar and the volunteers lowered Bravo down to the dog. Bravo wrapped the dog in an orange safety vest and hitched him to the rope. Koblar and the volunteers then ulled them both up to the surface. The rescue was captured on video.
“Surprisingly, the dog is in fairly good physical condition,” Simpson told ABC News.
The miracle dog has been named Christmas.
Simpson said Christmas is a very gentle dog with “a very sweet, and forgiving disposition.” She saw a video of Bravo giving Christmas a belly rub, and she said the happy dog “was in heaven.”
For now, Christmas is being cared for by a foster family.
“We’re hoping he can find a home there he’s loved and respected in the way he should be,” Simpson told ABC News.
To make a donation to the Harmony Fund to help Bravo and his team rescue more dogs in Bosnia, click here.
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