This is the moment two missing dogs are plucked free from a sewer pipe following a three-hour operation to free them after they were heard barking.
The incident took place in the village of Mackovec in the northern Croatian county of Medjimurje after the dogs, named Tonkica and Bobi and lovingly adopted by a local family from an animal shelter, went missing from their home.
Luckily, a neighbour heard faint barking, apparently from an underground sewer pipe, and called for help.
Firefighters on the scene tried to reach the dogs through a nearby manhole, but they were reportedly out of view and too scared to come out by themselves.
Aleksandra Hampamer, head of the animal shelter ‘Prijatelji Cakovec’, explained: “Using a camera, we managed to locate the dogs about two metres (6.6 feet) from the manhole in a pipe at a depth of two metres.”
She added: “It is a mystery how they ended up inside.”
According to local media, firefighters called for an excavator to reach their position and the rescue operation lasted for over three hours.
In the end, bystanders were said to be helping with the digging.
The video footage shows a man helping both dogs out of the pipe to the thunderous cheers of onlookers.
Netizen ‘Jagoda Kovac’ said: “Thank you to all those good people.”
‘Stefica Cajsa’ commented: “That’s great, really amazing.”
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