A Labrador named Frida has rescued a further 12 people in life-threatening situations after the earthquake that devastated Oaxaca earlier this month.
Wearing protective goggles and booties, Frida plunges fearlessly back into the rubble time and again
So far in her glittering career, Frida the Labrador has managed to rescue 53 people; most recently, 12 people trapped in life-threatening situations after the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated Oaxaca, Mexico, earlier this month.
Fourteen other dogs have also been deployed to search for people in Mexico City
Frida the 7-year-old Labrador retriever is a member of the Mexican navy who has detected 52 people – most recently, a dozen alive – in various natural disasters, the LA Times reported.
After the magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck the country two weeks ago, Frida located the body of a police officer in Juchitan.
Her handlers are hoping Frida – who is named after the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo — will yet sniff out more survivors from Tuesday’s tremor that claimed 273 lives.
Fourteen other dogs have also been deployed to search for people in Mexico City — but none have as many Twitter followers as Frida.
A tweet about her by the Mexican Navy garnered more than 4,000 retweets and nearly 7,000 likes, with people hailing her as a hero and offering to send her more boots to keep her paws safe.
Right now, Frida is hard at work trying to save those trapped beneath debris after the recent deadly earthquake killed at least 270 people and injured thousands more.
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