Political unrest in Turkey ridded every one of their emotions and turned them into a bunch of angry people. However, hope has re-emerged through the story of a puppy stuck in a well for eleven days. He has at last been saved, alive and well.
The puppy fell down into the borehole in Beykoz, İstanbul two weeks ago. The seventy-meter-deep and thirty-centimetres-in-diameter well made it quite difficult for rescue teams to reach him. Three different teams; namely firefighters, AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Association) and TKK (Coal Association of Turkey) have been employing different methods, but all efforts had so far proved insufficient for the rescue operation.
Finally, teams came up with the idea of creating an apparatus by merging water pipes with a steel rope passing through. This apparatus enabled the puppy to be pulled up safely.
On being rescued, the puppy was taken to the animal hospital in Fatih where he was checked. His vet said, “Though he has been in that well for eleven days, he is fine in terms of health, and he has his appetite. He will go to his permanent residence from here, where I hope we will be visiting him.”
Vedat Zor, one of the firefighters who worked in the rescue operation, said, “This was a team work. We worked together with other teams in coordination. We have been working for eleven days while listening to, understanding and not being rude to one another.”
It appears that the puppy fell down when the snow was heavy, and bags that piled into the well after his fall made it more difficult for him to be noticed at the bottom of the well.
Animal lovers in the scene, whose number had increased greatly as days went by, were overjoyed when the operation ultimately became a success. As the progress of the rescue operation was followed closely by a vast number of people on social media, the rescue of the puppy has shown that people can come together and have mutual aspirations even at such tense times as the one the country is going through.
The puppy was fostered by Beykoz Firefighters Community and named “Kuyu,” which means “well” in Turkish.
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