It’s the puppy rescue celebrated around the world.
According to Istanbul’s Daily Sabah, a 3-month-old pup somehow got trapped in a 230-mile-deep well in Beyzok.
Once the story hit social media (thanks, in part, to the hashtag #DirenKuyu) the efforts to keep the canine—named Kuyu—alive and well became a top priority among volunteer workers and concerned citizens. It’s reported that people sent down food and water to the pup who was “growling in pain.”
Because Kuyu was stuck in such a narrow opening, it was difficult to try and get him out, despite the best efforts from the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and other volunteer workers.
Thankfully, after eleven harrowing days, as the city held its collective breath and kept its hopes high, a mining company was able use cameras and a system of pulleys to get Kuyu out.
The incredible moment, which was caught on film, shows the rescuers celebrating with great joy at the puppy’s long-awaited emergence.
On its website, the Istanbul Fire Department reports that the puppy was seen by veterinarians and after a clean bill of health, Kuyu was adopted by the fire station “with the support of animal lovers.”
Aly Semigran is a lifestyle writer for the world, and roommate of Ruby, the cutest dog in the world.