A German tourist who lost his dog Chopper in the Outback FIVE YEARS ago finds him on a Facebook page
Wonder as a German tourist who lost his Border Collie cross named Chopper in the Outback FIVE YEARS ago finds him browsing a Facebook page – and now he’s finally going home
- A German tourist found his dog online five years after losing it in the Outback
- Leif Fischer was in Tennant Creek with dog Chopper in 2015 when he disappeared
- Fischer searched as far as he could before leaving the area
- Amazingly five years later, he found his beloved dog registered for adoption
A tourist who lost his dog in the outback five years ago discovered the Border Collie cross while scrolling through Facebook.
German Leif Fischer stayed at the Tennant Creek Caravan Park in Northern Territory in 2015 when his beloved dog Chopper disappeared.
The tourist had never given up hope of finding his dog and continued to search for lost and found pages on Facebook before a photo of his dog was found.
Now Leif and his Border Collie cross are finally reunited after five years apart.
“It is a miracle and a coincidence that I have found him and since I think of him with (a) broken heart,” said Mr. Fischer.
German Leif Fischer lost his beloved dog Chopper (pictured) in the outback five years ago after allegedly being stolen while the tourist was sleeping
The German tourist had made a habit of combing lost and found pages since he lost Chopper before finding him on the Katherine Council’s Facebook page last week.
The past five years, Chopper had somehow covered the 674 km from Tennant Creek to Katherine.
Despite the wonderful discovery, Mr. Fischer and Chopper will have to wait a little longer before they are properly reunited.
Chopper is not allowed to enter Germany until his current vaccinations are at least three months old, according to German law.
Mr. Fischer took to social media hoping that an animal lover would take care of his partner in the meantime.
Fortunately, a friendly resident in the Katherine area contacted the German man and volunteered to take care of Chopper.
Mr. Fischer, a student, said it would be difficult for him to raise the $ 8,000 it takes to get his friend home.
Due to the cost, he has one GoFundMe page to help fund the complex journey back to Germany.
Mr. Fischer said he never gave up hoping to be reunited with his best mate and described the moment when he found him online five years later as a “miracle”
After contacting the ranger who captured Chopper, Mr. Fischer said that his dog appeared to have been on the street for some time.
In the years since he lost him in the Outback, the German had relived the moment over and over in his head.
He said he couldn’t even think of buying another dog, the heartbreak was too raw.
“It is true that a dog can be a man’s best friend,” he said.
The day he woke up to find that Chopper was missing was a heartbreaking day, looking for his friend wherever he could.
Finally, the park manager told him they saw a family playing with Chopper before taking him.
Mr. Fischer continued to search Tennant Creek before he was forced to leave the area and leave his beloved pet.
He said he never gave up on reuniting with Chopper, despite having to return to Germany.
Mr. Fischer said it would be difficult to raise the money needed to get Chopper (pictured as a puppy) back to Germany, he also has to wait at least three months for vaccines to be adopted