Baekgu’s proprietor, a 90-year-old girl with dementia residing in South Korea’s Hongseong county, went lacking on August 25, based on press releases from the county and provincial governments.
When police checked the safety digicam footage of a close-by farm, they noticed the girl, recognized solely as Kim, and her little white canine leaving the village. They launched a search operation with the fireplace division, in addition to volunteer residents who scoured the realm as rain poured down.
Lastly, 40 hours later, she was discovered in the midst of a rice area, about two kilometers (about 1.3 miles) away from her house. She had collapsed in a moist space the place the rice grew tall and full, hiding her from view, and leaving her drenched and unable to stand up.
She won’t have made it if not for devoted Baekgu, police stated within the press launch on Monday.
All through the whole ordeal, because the climate obtained worse and the evening grew chilly, Baekgu stayed by her aspect — retaining her physique temperature up, at the same time as she started experiencing signs of hypothermia.
And it was Baekgu who authorities credited with the 90-year-old girl’s eventual rescue. The search group despatched out a thermal drone, which detected the little canine’s thermal signature within the rice area.
The lady is now recovering within the hospital, stated the press launch — and on Monday, authorities awarded Baekgu a brand new title for his braveness.
The Nationwide Hearth Company had launched a regulation final yr that allowed the appointment of honorary firefighters, fireplace ambassadors and rescue canines — making Baekgu the nation’s first-ever honorary rescue canine.
Pictures from the ceremony present a floral garland positioned round Baekgu’s neck, with a small crowd in attendance — in addition to the provincial governor.
“At a tough time as a consequence of Covid-19, Baekgu created an unbelievable miracle and moved everybody,” stated Gov. Yang Seung-jo.
Shim Geum-sun, the daughter of the 90-year-old, stated they adopted Baekgu three years in the past after he was attacked by a much bigger canine.
“Baekgu particularly appreciated my mom, and it is as if Baekgu returned our favor,” Shim stated. “I used to be so involved as mother went lacking for hours as a result of wet climate … I am grateful and Baekgu is our household.”