You maybe be able to guess from Kula’s name that she lives on the Big Island of Hawaii. The three-year-old Brittany‘s home is a beautiful place to live, but it can also be a dangerous one. Not only is the island the site of volcanic activity, but old lava paths can create unseen hazards like caves and lava tubes. As they get covered with plants and brush, they become hidden. And when Kula escaped from her home, she got all too familiar with these natural traps.
Luckily, she wasn’t too far from home. Her owner heard her barks coming from under the ground and called the Hawaii Island Humane Society for help. They arrived on the scene that morning, plunged into the darkness of an old 20-feet-deep lava tube, and spent hours tying ropes and making their way through the darkness to reach the frightened pup. The rescue wasn’t easy, and they had to borrow rappel rope from the nearby National Park Service.
When a rescuer finally reached the bottom, Kula was there to greet her. She had a few cuts and bruises, but was surprisingly mostly unharmed. The rescuer tied a horse harness around the pup and hauled her to safety. Her owner was overjoyed to see his dog again, and after a bath, she was back to her old self. The Hawaii Island Humane Society workers saved the day. They said that this kind of rescue is uncommon, even though there are many lava tubes on the island, but they’re happy they could help reunite Kula with her owner.
Are you glad the rescuers refused to give up? What would you do if your dog fell into a lava tube? Let us know in the comments below!