A Golden Retriever has been found under a pile of rubble a full nine days after Italy earthquake was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake.
Rescuers heard the dog, whose name is Romeo, barking away as they accompanied. His owners to retrieve belongings from their quake-damaged home, the Associated Press reports.
Firefighters managed to free Romeo from the rubble of the temblor and he was totally nonplussed by the fuss. Hanging out patiently as they checked him out, shaking his fur and running off down the garden.
The Italy earthquake has claimed almost 300 lives, left hundreds injured and thousands without homes. A man in the video could be heard yelling in Italian: “Romeo, come here! Best dog in the world!”
Despite his ordeal, Romeo ran around wagging his tail. Stopping only to be patted and to let a firefighter inspect his paw.
Appearing completely relaxed, the dog slurped his first drops of water. In more than 230 hours from a bottle held by one of the firemen.
As it became clear he was unscathed, the fireman holding him put him down. Romeo then tiptoed gracefully down the pile of rubble to be reunited with tearful owners who had given up hope of finding him alive.
“He’s in great shape,” said one of the firemen as others whooped in delight while Romeo trotted around the remains of his yard.
A handful of hero dogs have been helping with rescue efforts, with black labrador Leo locating an eight-year-old girl under the rubble in Pescara del Tronto and a German Shepherd named Sarotti helping rescuers find a 10-year-old girl in Amatrice.
Leo got to shake paws with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi. When they greeted rescue crews who saved people from damaged buildings.
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