Dog Survives Lizard Chase and Ensuing 170-Foot Fall off Cliff

by Courtney Blackann

A curious dog got the surprise of his life when he ran over a cliff and fell 170 feet. The poor pup was chasing after a lizard when the fall happened. Surprisingly, he survived. And he didn’t even break a bone.

During a hike in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, a hiker and his pit bull-mix, Tyson, were leisurely climbing through the park. The hiker noticed his dog chasing after something – a lizard that was crawling near a cliff. The dog sprinted after it, not realizing that he was running closer to the cliff’s edge. That’s when he leaped over the side and fell nearly 200 feet to the ground below.

Rescue crews were sent to search for Tyson near Bison Way Trail Head which was below the Frog Head’s cliff. Shockingly, the crews ran into a group of hikers who said they saw a dog walking around nearby without anyone else around.

The hiker smartly took a photo of the pit bull-mix and showed it to the owner and was able to confirm it was Tyson. After searching for awhile, the team split up and found the shaken dog. He was a surprised pup, but otherwise completely fine.

“The team then split to try and help the owners locate Tyson. He was quickly found for a joyful reunion. How Tyson survived 170′ fall is nothing short of miraculous and he was basically unhurt. This has certainly been a week of miracles in the Red River Gorge,” the Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team shared in a post on Facebook.

We’re glad it was a happy reunion all around!

Dog Honored for Saving Koalas from Australian Fires

In other good news, a sweet dog was recently honored for his part in sniffing out hurt koala bears from Australia. During the country’s massive summer wildfires, several animals tried to flee. However, so many were injured or burned, making it impossible for them to escape.

Bear, the brave pup, was specially trained to sniff out koalas and other animals in order to let rescue teams rehabilitate them. Before joining the rescue team, the dog was having trouble fitting in. Because he was so energetic and playful, many people couldn’t handle him. But he soon found a place and a purpose with the rescue crew. Because of his work in saving more than 100 koalas, he was honored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“We think Bear really deserved this award because he’s been such a good boy in helping us find and rescue a lot of koalas, especially during the bushfires, but he works throughout the year to help us in our job to make a better and safer place for koalas. We’ll give Bear extra pats and extra play for his award,” Bear’s handler, Dr. Romane Cristescu of the University of the Sunshine Coast, said in a statement, via Yahoo! News.