Saturday, November 27

A happy tail: Lost pup from Delhi found 5km away from Kolkata airport

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A puppy, which disappeared from the city airport two weeks ago after it was flown down to be with a Kolkata family that had adopted her, was rescued on Wednesday from a spot in Baguiati — almost 5km away from where it went missing.

A co-ordinated effort by animal lovers from the area, effective communication using posters of the dog on local modes of transport and a social media campaign finally yielded results .

A group of volunteers received a call from a shop owner from the area on Wednesday informing them about the location of the dog. “The shop owner, who had seen posters of Fifi on autorickshaws, identified her and called on the number provided there. We rushed to the spot and found the dog there,” said a girl who was a part of the search team for Fifi.

Six-month-old Indie Fifi reached Kolkata by air in the last week of June to be united with a Ballygunge family that had adopted her. But even before they could take her to the car, one of the family members opened the cage to check on the dog and she darted out.

Animal lovers and volunteers were surprised at how Fifi reached Baguiati and wondered how she managed to survive and avoid the local strays. The news of Fifi’s disappearance was shared in several groups of animal lovers on social media and posters were put up on autorickshaws, ice cream carts and even pillars of the flyovers.

“Fifi had been coming to that shop to eat everyday but did not turn up on Wednesday. We tracked her to a nearby garage, but she started fleeing because the place was crowded. We patiently waited for her to be at ease before we approached her,” said another volunteer from the rescue team.

The shopkeeper was rewarded with the promised amount of Rs 10,000. “In the past two weeks, Fifi lost a lot of weight but her wagging tail told us that she was happy to see us,” she added.

Source:Times of India

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