The Axios Airsoft Group of Antofagasta, Chile, were suited up and ready to start shooting last January when they heard strange cries coming from nearby and stopped to investigate. What they found would shock the world.
As shown in the video below, a group of heroic Airsoft players came to the rescue of two dogs that were trapped in a tar pit. The dogs were sinking fast, completely soaked in the thick, sticky tar, and were struggling to breathe.
For some, this video will be hard to watch. You will want to crawl through your computer monitor and leap into the tar pit to rescue the struggling puppies yourself! But do stick with it, it’s worth it in the end.
Both dogs were pulled to safety and rushed to the care of rescue workers from Gatos Abandonatos Antofagasta(Abandoned Cats of
Antofagasta), where they were carefully scrubbed clean of the sticky, water-resistant goop and examined by veterinarians who were concerned about long-term effects or respiratory illness from being submerged in tar. Both puppies became sick with canine distemper.
Rescue workers also scoured the area, searching for more dogs or any clues to how they ended up in the pits. They found the bodies of 6 more
dogs in a neighboring tar pit and speculate that the dogs were thrown there and left purposely to die, that they did not wander into the pits on their own.
As for the two puppies that survived, Lancelot and Sacha, as they have been named, are now happy, healthy, and ready for loving forever homes! The rescue group that
nursed the pups back to good health hopes to adopt the pair out together, as they are truly the best of friends. The pair have even appeared on television and in public speaking appearances together, to bring attention to animal welfare and to teach Chileans about animal abuse.
For information about the los perritos del Alquitran (the tar puppies), visit Gatos Abandonados Antofagasta on Facebook by clicking here.