The pup’s attitude made all the difference to a 93-year-old woman with dementia who lay unconscious in a rice field during torrential rains that hit South Korea in late August. According to local authorities, she was two kilometers from home, accompanied only by her dog, when she lost consciousness. Since the farm was so high, the search teams were unable to see it with the naked eye. Thus, the police had to use heat-sensitive drones that eventually managed to detect the presence of the animal named Baekjo. After that, it was checked that the puppy remained next to his lover all the time at a sufficient temperature, which made it impossible for her health to deteriorate. Information from the “Korea Times” portal.
“Baiko was a stray dog that became part of our family when we rescued him from another dog attack three years ago,” said the lady’s daughter, who is known only as Shem. – I’m so grateful. It looks like it’s back in our favour.
To celebrate the outcome of the operation, the South Chungcheong Province government honored Baekgu on Monday, as he became South Korea’s first honorary rescue dog.
According to local newspapers, it was the daughter of the old woman who reported her mother’s disappearance after she was unable to contact her. The police then analyzed footage from local security cameras and saw that the elderly woman had left her village early in the morning. The searches took place for two days without any progress in the investigation. The lady’s location could only be determined through the use of a thermal camera, which identified a small sign of the dog’s heat. With the victim’s temperature dropping sharply and it was raining heavily, the device could not detect her presence. Once seen, the elderly woman was taken to the hospital to recover from hypothermia.
The possibility of awarding honorary titles to animals that play a significant role in saving lives was formalized in April by the National Firefighters Agency.
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