This week, a group of Thai soldiers found a drowning puppy in a flooded garage. By the time they arrived, the pup – just two days old – was floating on his back. He’d already turned blue.
Then, soldier Weeraphon Sukudom launched a last-ditch effort to save him. In a video, posted online by colleagues and viewed millions of times, the 25-year-old gives the animal a heart massage and performs CPR. He had learned the life-saving maneuver years earlier, and he’d never used it before.
Friends cheer off camera.
Then, miraculously, the tiny animal gasps and whimpers. Sukudom brought the dog back to life.
And in a very happy final twist, the soldier adopted the pup, who he’s named Champion. “It’s very lucky we found him in time. It’s like a miracle he’s alive now. I’ll look after him and feed him to get his strength back,” he told the Daily Mail. “His brothers and sisters are all still alive. He just was the weaker one and was separated when the water went in the garage.”
Thailand has been inundated by flooding this month, thanks to a particularly nasty typhoon season. Across the country, people living near swollen rivers have been evacuated. On the popular tourist island of Phuket, roads are submerged and planes are grounded. In Bangkok, low-lying areas were inundated by water. Schools and businesses have been shuttered, and government officials are passing out drinking water, food and medicine.
This year has brought record rainfall. In August, a storm turned 10 of Thailand’s 77 provinces into disaster zones. Rice fields were decimated. (The country is the world’s second-biggest rice exporter.) Experts say at least $300 million in damage has been done. And scores of people have died because of flooding. Thailand’s ruling junta has proposed a ten-year water management plan, but it’s still under review.
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