When the dog was discovered at the bottom of a deep well in India, she looked weary, as if she had little fight left in her. Perhaps she had been swimming for hours, trying valiantly to keep herself afloat; now, however, she clung to the sides of the well, a forlorn-looking creature in horrible peril.
It was fortunate for the canine with the golden coat, then, that someone had spotted her, some 70 feet below the surface, on that day in 2017. And while there was no way of telling how long she’d been down there, it was evident that her time was running out.
Indeed, the animal had likely been fighting for her life. By this point, though, she could barely muster the energy to swim. Instead, she clung onto the rock face, seemingly waiting for someone to come to her aid before it was too late.
And, every so often, the animal would lose her grip and slip back into the water. When this happened, though, she’d use all her might just to keep herself afloat and slowly doggy-paddle her way back to her safe place. But she couldn’t hang on forever – could someone get to her before tragedy struck?
So, perhaps understanding that time was of the essence when it came to recovering the dog alive, a local individual called Animal Aid Unlimited. Since 2002, the animal rescue organization has saved the lives of over 45,000 creatures. As a consequence, plucky staff at the Udaipur-based charity were probably the people best placed to step into the breach yet again.
And the organization would later recount details of the dog’s discovery in the description to a YouTube video of the rescue attempt. “We got a call to rescue a dog fighting for her life after falling in a deep well,” it wrote. “She may have been swimming for hours before a villager saw her and called our helpline.”
“It looked like she’d been struggling in the water, trying to stay alive, for hours,” Animal Aid Unlimited added in a separate statement on its website. “She repeatedly grasped with claws we later found were bleeding, trying desperately to hold on to the only jagged piece of rock she could find.”
After receiving the call, however, Animal Aid Unlimited duly sent seasoned rescuer Ganpat to the scene. Once there, moreover, he wasted no time in getting to work, donning a harness and a hard hat before rigging himself up to a rope to abseil down the well.
But this didn’t mark the first time that Ganpat had descended into a well for the sake of an animal. In 2015, for example, he saved a dog in similar circumstances. And another heroic rescue had taken place the year before, when Ganpat had climbed into a separate well to become the savior of a drowning puppy.
Ganpat was just the man, then, to ensure the poor golden-haired dog’s survival. Then, with any luck, the animal would get over her awful ordeal and start afresh. However, her rescuer would have to get to her quickly for that to ever happen.
So, with the clock ticking, Ganpat slowly lowered himself into the depths of the well. Once he reached the water, however, he was able to grab the tired dog and bundle her into a net. And the animal didn’t struggle at all – almost as if she knew that she was in safe hands.
After Ganpat had secured the dog, moreover, he had a crowd of onlooking villagers pull her up to safety. The ascent was a precarious one, though; throughout, volunteers had to try hard not to bang the animal against the walls of the well. However, thanks to their careful movements, she made it back to ground level relatively unharmed.
And as a result, the rescue had gone as well as anyone from Animal Aid Unlimited could have expected. If representatives from the organization hadn’t been on the scene, though, the dog’s fate could have been quite different.
Animal Aid Unlimited admitted as much in the statement on its website, which read, “[The dog] was rapidly losing her strength.” It continued, “As her rescuer Ganpat descended the 70-foot well, we could see that she was minutes away from giving in to her exhaustion.”
But, thanks to the quick thinking of the person who had discovered the dog, Ganpat had got there in the nick of time. And, according to the animal rescue organization, the canine realized exactly what then went on. “When he reached the water, she clearly seemed to understand that this is the man who will save her life,” Animal Aid Unlimited added on its website.
Then, after the dog was back on dry land, Ganpat helped transport her to the Animal Aid Unlimited center in Udaipur. Once there, vets surveyed the dog’s injuries and treated her bleeding paws. And with the help of its supporters’ donations, the organization will nurse the animal back to health.
One of the ways in which Animal Aid Unlimited raises awareness of its work, moreover, is by posting videos of its good deeds on YouTube. And when its footage of the drowning dog went live, it proved an instant hit. In fact, more than four million people to date have tuned in to watch the ambitious rescue.
And after viewing the video, many people couldn’t resist adding their thoughts to the comment section below. “It’s amazing to see how willing people are to rescue a helpless soul,” wrote one viewer. “You people restore faith in humanity. Bless everyone working at Animal Aid Unlimited.”
“That broke my heart, seeing her clinging to the wall,” another YouTube user added. “You could see her desperation in her eyes. She was so frightened. Thank you all for being there when she needed help. You are all wonderful and devoted to rescuing animals. God bless you all.”
And while it’s not known what will happen to the rescued dog once she recovers, it is likely that Animal Aid Unlimited will release her back onto the streets. This approach enables the organization to help as many dogs as possible. Plus, as there are around 10,000 stray dogs roaming the streets of Udaipur alone, there’ll probably always be at least one in need of aid.