A Turkish gaming company has honoured a Mexican dog killed by falling rubble while sniffing for earthquake survivors by including it in one of its video games.
German Shepherd Proteo was fatally hit by falling rubble while searching for survivors among the remnants of collapsed buildings in Adiyaman Province.
News of the sniffer pooch’s passing was delivered by the Mexican Secretariat of National Defence on 14th February.
Proteo reportedly played his part in saving two lives after he was deployed to Turkey to help with search and rescue efforts in the wake of the disaster.
And now the video game developer Nyctophile Studios has paid tribute to the fallen canine by including a statue of its likeness in its video game Death Relives.
A spokesperson for the company wrote online: “We are very greatful about your doings Proteo.
“You will be immortal in our Death Relives game because we will keep you alive forever.
“Proteo, the dog of the Mexican search and rescue team, died under the rubble. Said to have saved 40 people.”
Death Relieves is described by its makers as a “stealth/survival horror game with an unique AI design & gameplay”.
A screenshot from the game shows the pooch standing proud atop a mound of concrete-and-steel rubble.
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the district of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras Province at 4.17am on 6th February. It was felt in nine more Turkish provinces.
Later that day, at 1.24pm, a 7.6-magnitude quake hit the district of Elbistan in Kahramanmaras Province and was followed by 3,170 aftershocks.
As per the latest update by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 35,418 have died in Turkey.
Along with more than 5,814 casualties in Syria, more than 41,000 people are confirmed dead.
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