Dog Leads Lost Aid Workers to Village Hit by Deadly Earthquake

A dog guided lost Turkish aid workers for 5 kilometers (3 miles) to a village in the quake-hit province of Kahramanmaras on February 11, officials said.

Footage posted to Twitter by the Konyaalti Municipality shows a dog running ahead on a snow-covered road on a mountain, as a vehicle follows the animal. Municipality workers in vests can then be seen handing out supplies to people.

“Our dear friend showed the way, our teams delivered supplies to our citizens who were stuck in the village,” the caption read, according to a machine translation.

An official from the municipality told Storyful that an aid team lost their way trying to reach the village of Payamburnu, but were obstructed by snow and rubble blocking the roads, “so they followed the route where a small dog rushed in front of them.”

“Thanks to the dog running for about 5 kilometers continuously, our village could be reached. At the point where no team could reach before, we were able to deliver food, clothing, medicine, and hygiene supplies to our patients and children,” the municipality said, according to a machine translation.

State-run news organization Anadolu Agency, citing a statement made by Konyaalti Municipality, said 31 trucks and 7 aid packages were sent to the region and were distributed to earthquake victims by municipality teams. Credit: Konyaalti Municipality via Storyful