Being out in nature is great. However, it can also be dangerous when you happen to get lost and wind up falling into a cave.
Unfortunately, that is precisely what happened to a dog out in the Dewey Hickman Nature Preserve in Harrison County, Indiana.
It is unknown how the dog ended up getting into trouble, but he’d been down there in the pit for at least two weeks.
While most would assume that he wouldn’t survive a 30-foot fall, let alone survive for two weeks after falling such a drop, this dog proved to be a fighter. The dog was eventually rescued by cavers who were out enjoying a day exploring the Dewey Hickman Nature Preserve.
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They almost didn’t see the dog, but one of them noticed that there was movement coming from the bottom of the pit. That is when they realized it was a dog. The poor pooch was stuck at the bottom, clearing starving as he was skin and bones. Harrison County Animal Control shared about the incident on Facebook.
The cavers knew the dog needed their help, so they repelled down to the bottom and managed to lift the pup out of the cave and back to safety. He was very malnourished and needed help, so they took him to the Harrison County Animal Control in Corydon.
As the Harrison County Animal Shelter explained, “Based on his condition, we believe he may have been in the cave for up to two weeks. He is very thin, and his collar is very loose, leading us to believe he had been in the cave long enough to drop a significant amount of weight.”
However, the cavers did note that at the bottom of the pit there was a turtle shell, so they assume that the dog managed to stay alive by drinking rainwater out of the empty shell.
Fortunately, the dog’s story had a very happy ending. Turns out, he had a family who was desperately missing him, and they were finally able to be reunited with their beloved pooch. His actual name is Hawkeye and his family couldn’t be happier to have him back.
The Harrison County Animal Control captured the sweet reunion on camera.
Watch the Facebook video below:
Hawkeye has left the building!! What a happy ending!!
Posted by Harrison County Animal Control, Corydon Indiana on Tuesday, September 7, 2021
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