At first, the sound was just a minor disturbance. But then, as people investigated further, they found that it seemed to be strangely coming from underneath a mound of concrete blocks. Moreover, it sounded like something was alive down there.
This all happened in July 2016. It seems that a curious little puppy in Egypt’s famous Mediterranean city of Alexandria had gotten itself stuck deep within a pile of concrete blocks. The dog may have fallen or wiggled it’s way into a crevice, but once it got in it couldn’t get out.
Normally such an assemblage of concrete blocks work to protect a harbor from storms and strong waves. So, even though the poor dog was trapped, it was at least protected from the hot Egyptian sun by the wavebreakers. This was especially good news, as temperatures can soar to 80°F in the summer.
Fortunately, local Alexandrian Mariem Taha first heard the puppy’s calls for help while he was enjoying the seaside views from a cafe near the concrete blocks. “It was very upsetting sound so I asked the cafe owner what it was,” she later told BBC Trending.
Locals went to investigate, then, and they realized that they were hearing a pup’s loud whimpers and howls. But everything they tried to do to reach the poor dog failed; the frightened creature was well and truly stuck.
Refusing to give up, though, Mariem Taha returned every day to help keep the dog alive by dropping down food for her. In the meantime, Taha worked on devising a plan to help rescue the trapped pup.
“The first three days I could hear the puppy but I couldn’t see her,” Taha told the BBC. “So I wasn’t sure where to throw food for her, and she may have been scared.
“By the third day, she was familiar with my voice so she appeared in the gaps. I couldn’t reach for her but I could feed her,” she said. But that wasn’t all that Taha did.
In fact, Taha also took to social media to mobilize a team of volunteers. She wrote a post on the local animal rescue group’s Facebook page requesting as many helping hands as possible.
Luckily, members of the rescue group, Save Innocent Souls, volunteered to help in shifts keeping the dog fed and well hydrated. They also started to push for local authorities to help with what would be a major rescue effort.
As the time passed, the Egyptian animal lovers formed a strong bond with their furry friend, and Taha nicknamed the pup “Babsy Rock.” The days turned into weeks and soon the dog had been trapped underground for a month.
Finally, local authorities agreed to intervene and rescue the trapped pup. They even sent in a crane to move the concrete blocks.
But despite this, it still took the crane five days of shifting and moving the blocks to finally free the trapped pooch. Of course, this didn’t matter to Babsy Rock, who seemed thrilled to be out of her concrete prison.
She was then taken straight to Dr. Mahmoud Abdelmaksoud, who gave her a thorough check-up. The local vet provides his services for free to help strays in Alexandria; local animal lovers describe him as a “hero.”
Unsurprisingly, Babsy Rock’s heartwarming story has proved a hit on the internet. In fact, a gallery of her rescue posted on Imgur has been viewed nearly 400,000 times.
What’s more, the web undeniably played a significant part in the cute canine’s rescue. Mau Hamada, founder of the animal rescue group Animal Zone, said, “social media was crucial in the rescue of Babsy Rock.”
“[Taha’s] posts on Facebook mobilized a lot of us volunteers and many people pitched in with the rescue. A lot of information is shared on digital platforms so that we can do our work,” Hamada added.
Indeed, this may have proved vital, as although helpful with Babsy Rock, the Alexandrian authorities have a bad reputation for its treatment of stray animals. In 2015, for example, the city’s citizens were outraged when some homeless dogs were found shot dead in the street.
Hopefully, though, the rescue of Babsy Rock will pursuade the authorities to leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping strays. As for the puppy, she is now thankfully exploring safer grounds in her new forever home.
Yes, after such an arduous rescue effort, Taha naturally adopted Babsy Rock as her furbaby. Not surprisingly, though, Babsy Rock’s curious nature continues to get the pup in trouble. Indeed, Taha admitted that she can be “very naughty” at times.