I can't imagine how frightening it would be to get trapped underground for a few hours, let alone for a whole week.
But a three-month-old puppy recently endured 10 days inside a 200-foot-deep borehole well in Beykoz, Turkey. There's no question that the poor thing would have died if passersby hadn't heard it whimpering and called emergency crews for help.
A group of local firefighters and animal rescue organizations came and set up a climate tent and a heating system to protect the puppy from the elements until they could get him out. It isn't clear how he got there in the first place.
After lowering a camera into the narrow hole, they saw that he was still alive.
They were able to lower him food, but getting the little one out was another matter entirely. They spent 10 days trying various methods, but none of them worked.
It wasn't until Berat Albayrak, Turkey's minister of energy and natural resources, became aware of the situation that they were finally able to rescue the puppy. Albayrak ordered a state-owned mining company to assist the crews.
They lowered a long apparatus into the hole, collared the puppy with it, and began pulling.
Watch the heartwarming moment when the pup finally gets out.video-player-present
Thanks to his rescuers, this cutie will live to see another day. He was named Kuyu, which is the Turkish word for "well."
And the best part? The firefighters adopted him! Now, not only is Kuyu safe, but he has a loved-filled home at the Istanbul Fire Department.
(via The Dodo)