A dog stuck at the bottom of an abandoned well was delighted to see the Italian firefighters rescue it.
The footage was released on November 7th by Vigili del Fuoco, Italy’s fire and rescue service. The dog was rescued in the woods near the town of Guidonia in the Lazio region.
The video shows the firefighters arriving at the big hole and setting up a winch system to safely reach and rescue the dog in distress.
A member of the Vigili del Fuoco is carefully lowered to the bottom of the well, which was almost six meters deep.
As the firefighter slowly approaches the bottom, the dog gets more and more excited and wags his tail when he realizes help is on the way.
A dog was rescued by the fire department after falling into an abandoned well. (Vigili del Fuoco / Zenger)
The dog starts running around in circles and rubs against the fireman. This makes his job even more difficult as he tries to grab the dog and buckle up for the climb.
After putting a full body harness on the dog, the firefighter is pulled out by his colleagues while the dog waits for it to come to the surface.
The dog is seen lashing out as it is slowly rescued from the well where it has spent an indefinite number of days.
As the dog nears the top of the well, it stretches out its paws and tries to grab solid ground when the firefighters reach a successful rescue.
Once it is safe, the dog gets very excited and jumps on several of the firefighters who rescued him from the well.
You can hear the rescue team shouting “bella, bella”. The rescue mission involved at least half a dozen workers and some heavy machinery.
After the rescue, the dog happily jumped on the fire brigade and appeared to have no visible injuries. Not a word about how long it was trapped in the well. (Vigili del Fuoco / Zenger)
The dog was in good health and was returned to its owners, according to a statement from The Vigili del Fuoco.
No further information was provided about the dog or its owners, and it is unclear how long it was in danger.
The Vigili del Fuoco did not state whether the dog sustained injuries when falling into the well, but in the recordings the animals seem to walk, run and jump without any problems.
A week earlier, on October 29, the Italian fire brigade released footage of a man and a dog rescued after being trapped by water in Syracuse, Sicily. The flooding was due to a cyclone in the Mediterranean known as the Medicane.
Edited by Fern Siegel and Kristen Butler