'Underdog' Rescued From Giant Hole

Pooch fell 700 feet to bottom of unused mine
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2013 1:32 AM CST
A rescue worker holds 'Underdog.'   (YouTube)
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(Newser) – Some cheerful news to start the week: A massive rescue operation succeeded in saving a dog who had gotten stuck at the bottom of one of the world's biggest manmade holes, Metro reports. The pooch—nicknamed "Underdog"—was spotted last week swimming in the lake at the bottom of a gigantic South African crater known as the "Big Hole," having somehow survived the 700-foot fall to the bottom of the unused mine.

He managed to get to a ledge and was stranded there for eight days after emergency workers found out their ropes weren't long enough. Passers-by threw down food to keep the dog alive, and he was finally saved yesterday by a seven-person team who made their way down with ropes and pulleys. The workers say the dog was in pretty good shape considering his ordeal—and he is now up for adoption. (Read more rescue stories.)

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