Echo, the coonhound went missing nearly two weeks ago. Her family searched the entire Hannibal area where they lived; still no Echo.
According to the Hannibal-Courier Post, Joe Bates, the dog’s owner had reported his dog missing to the police. No one knew at the time, that Echo had wandered into an old system of mining tunnels in the Sodalis Nature Preserve and got lost somewhere in the underground passages.
Mary Lynne Richards, a parks employee discovered the dog; there was Echo looking up at her from the shaft and whining as if to say “get me out of here.” She wasn’t able to rescue the dog herself, and called the fire department for help. Three hours later, with the help of special equipment and a fireman lowered down on a rope ready to scoop Echo into his arms, the whining pooch was hauled up to safety and returned to her waiting family.
That shaft is now covered with a protective grate to avoid anymore accidents. No one knows how Echo found her way into the shaft, and she isn’t telling.
(Photos submitted by Lynne Richards Creative Commons and YouTube freezeshots)
Check out the video of the heartwarming rescue:
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