‘It was indeed a miracle’: Husky is freed from under the rubble of Turkey’s devastating earthquake – after being trapped without food or water for 23 days
- Alex the Siberian husky was trapped when a building collapsed on February 6
- He was trapped under rubble in Antakya, Turkey, with no food or water
A husky was miraculously rescued from under the rubble in Turkey – after being trapped under a collapsed two-story building for 23 days, apparently without food or water.
Alex was pulled from the wreckage by rescue teams in Antakya in Hatay province after overhearing him searching nearby.
The series of devastating earthquakes has now killed more than 50,000 people in southern Turkey and northern Syria. Hatay is one of the provinces most affected.
Video footage of the heartwarming rescue showed the team working to free Alex. Despite being buried under the rubble for just 23 days, the first thing the friendly pup did was happily lick his rescuer’s face.
The brown and white dog is visibly relieved as he takes in his surroundings while safely in the arms of a volunteer.
Alex was pulled from the wreckage by rescue teams in Antakya in Hatay province
Alex was taken to HAYTAP field hospital where he was treated and volunteers gave him care and attention after the rescue.
He was exhausted and had lost weight – but otherwise in good health, Turkish media reported.
HAYTAP volunteer Osman Polat told Turkish media Odah TV“It was indeed a miracle.
“It’s really a miracle that he survived 22 days in that hole without eating or drinking.”
It is believed that Alex became trapped when the two-story building he was in collapsed on February 6.
Smothered by debris and devoid of any sunlight, it’s unclear how it managed to survive without food or water for so long.
He was trapped for 23 days – apparently surviving without food or water
He was exhausted and had lost weight – but was otherwise in good health
After his rescue, Alex could be seen gasping with happiness as he received much well-deserved attention
Rescue teams heard him making noises as they searched for temporary shelters in Antakya province.
Volunteers could see his nose through a small hole in the wreckage and it took them two hours to free him.
After his rescue, Alex could be seen gasping with happiness as he received much well-deserved attention.
The Siberian husky’s ears perked up and he seemed alert as volunteers petted and played games with him.
On Monday, Turkey was hit by another quake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, centered on the city of Yesilyurt in Malatya province.
The first magnitude 7.8 earthquake on February 6 resulted in nearly 50,000 deaths and the severe collapse or damage of an estimated 173,000 buildings.