A rescue dog turned into a super-pooch after he found six people trapped under rubble from a collapsed hotel used to quarantine people exposed to coronavirus.
By, 15 Mar 2020
Bei Bei, a six-year-old Springer Spaniel, was called into action after a hotel collapsed in Fujian, China.
Bei Bei's superpower
The brave pooch used his super-sniffing abilities to locate six survivors, injuring his paws in the process. Bei Bei's handler, Yi Wenbing, told the Beijing News:
"There were sharp iron pieces and broken glasses everywhere. Yesterday afternoon we noticed that Bei Bei was moving more slowly and found cuts on all of his paws."
Bei Bei is now enjoying a few days off, but he'll back to work as soon as his paw pads heal. In the meantime, over 1,000 rescue workers are still sifting through the rubble. They're being helped by six more rescue dogs to find the remaining survivors.
Can dogs catch coronavirus?
Chinese officials converted the hotel into a quarantine facility after a sharp rise in the number of local coronavirus cases. It's believed renovation work on the first floor led to the disaster. Rescue workers wore masks to protect themselves against the virus. And, despite some initial concerns, the World Health Organisation believes there's no evidence that dogs can catch the coronavirus.
That's good news for Bei Bei! Now enjoy your rest, buddy - you've earnt it!
Search and rescue dogs are called upon to ironically search for Covid19 quarantined survivors in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China 🇨🇳 Time and time again, the world sees the hypocrisy of China’s government. Authorities continue to cull dogs in almost every province and yet in a time of crisis, dogs are called upon to save to human lives. One of search and rescue dogs being hailed as a hero is a Springer Spaniel named "Bei Bei". He is 6.5 years old and was raised from a young age by a firefighter named Yi Wenbin. They grew up and had trained together. On the night of the hotel's collapse, Beibei came onto the scene. According to firefighters, on March 7th, Bei Bei rescued 6 survivors; the first 3 people just within the first 15 minutes of the rescue operation. Bei Bei had sustained cuts, injuries and infections on his paws and limbs. Bei Bei had worked nonstop for 3 days before he received treatment. At present, there is said to be 9 search and rescue dogs at the scene. Xi’s Moments, man’s best friend deserve full legal protection. They are not yours at will to torture and consume. The mass culling of dogs must be denounced and prohibited at the State government level. If you want earn the respect of the international community, start by respecting the lives of these animals. (The Xinjia Hotel in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, collapsed around 7 p.m. local time Saturday, requiring emergency workers to rescue at least 34 people who were trapped inside the large "quarantine hotel," state media outlets reported. Licheng district authorities said about 70 people were inside either being treated or offering medical observance of potential coronavirus patients at the time of the building's collapse)Posted by MzNom Aly on Tuesday, March 10, 2020