A labrador retriever has made global headlines following her rescue efforts in Mexico’s recent earthquakes after Mexican president praises her work following deadly 7.1 magnitude quake. The local heroine, who goes by the name of Frida, is employed by the Mexican navy (SEMAR) to conduct search and rescue missions in the event of a natural disaster.
Frida, who works for the Mexican Navy’s Canine Unit, has been searching through the concrete and rubble in Mexico City, where the 7.1 magnitude quake claimed the lives of at least 245 people.
Frida’s efforts first came to light two weeks ago when an earthquake struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Wearing protective goggles, a khaki harness and two pairs of booties, the seven-year-old dog managed to detect the body of a Juchitan police officer and several others under the rubble.People around the world have been thanking the Labrador, who has become a sensation on social media.
Frida’s efforts have been praised across social media, with some suggesting she replace the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera on the 500-peso note.
She has also been honored by the country’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who also took to Twitter to praise the creature.
“This is Frida,” he wrote. “She belongs to SEMAR and has helped save 52 lives in various natural disasters at national and international levels.”
The six-year-old has already saved the lives of 52 people from various accidents and emergencies in Central and North America, according to the Buzzfeed website.
To protect her, Frida wears special equipment, including goggles to protect her eyes from smoke and shoes that allow her to dig and walk on rough terrain.
She has been trained since the age of two and has now earned the title of ‘specialist in search of lost persons’, with rescue missions in Honduras, Ecuador and Haiti.