Thankfully, this story had a happy ending!
A scared puppy was rescued after being imprisoned underground for days with the help of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and firemen. Shortly before lunchtime on March 1, rescuers in Coalville, Leicestershire, received a call about a terrified dog trapped in a badger’s sett.
The call came from the dog’s worried owner, who said the animal had been stranded for more than 60 hours. The dog crept inside the sett but was unable to escape after being trapped for more than 60 hours, according to the Daily Mail.
Inspectors from the RSPCA were quick to respond, and when the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service arrived, they listened carefully to figure out where the dog was. Based on the pet’s barking, they narrowed down a region and began excavating. Officials reportedly used specialized listening and finding equipment to locate the trapped dog, and more rescue personnel were brought in to assist them.
Thanks to the dog’s whimpers, they were able to find it around 4 p.m. after a lot of digging. Soon after 5 p.m., the dog was rescued and safely turned over to RSPCA inspectors. The puppy was laid down on the ground for a while after everything it had been through before being reunited with its adoring owner.
The badger sett was presumed to be dormant because there were no other animals in the area. A border terrier was recently rescued after being trapped for six days inside a badger sett in Rowde, Wiltshire. Bumble, the dog, reportedly fell into it while out for a walk, according to Mirror. Her owner, Annie Davidson, then put out a missing dog appeal, believing that her dog had climbed out of it because she was nowhere to be found.
Bumble, on the other hand, popped her head out of the ground one day and struggled to return to safety. Of course, the dog was dehydrated and weak from not eating for the previous six days, but her condition was not life-threatening, and she was rescued. “We’re overjoyed to have Bumble back in our lives. For her, it was a traumatic experience. Bumble appeared and disappeared from the badger den. She’s very thin and dehydrated, but otherwise fine,” Davidson shared, relieved that her pet was doing well.