The horse was examined by veterinarians, they provided the necessary assistance, after which she was transferred to the happy owner.
As a result of a catastrophic earthquake in the south-east of Turkey, not only people, but also animals suffered. Of particular joy is the rescue of pets now that the rescue operations of people have been completed.
Turks are famous for their love of cats. Many Turkish cities are literally teeming with them: fluffy tails become symbols of popular and even historical places, such as Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Local residents not only feed the animals, but also arrange complete “cat villages” for them with houses and pillows, and local merchants put bowls near their shops, where there is always food and water.
Therefore, the rescue of cats and dogs causes great enthusiasm in Turkey, and the lucky ones are shown with pleasure on all TV channels. On the twentieth day after the disaster, a live cat was pulled out from under a collapsed 3-story building in Malatya, which was immediately taken to a veterinary clinic and placed under a dropper. He has now come to and is waiting to return to the owners, who fortunately also survived and are in Izmir with relatives.
Hanifi Adjar, an employee of the Malatya city council, says that rescuers are doing everything possible to rescue not only people, but also animals from concrete captivity.
“This cat was rescued by our firefighters with the help of their team,” Adjar said in an interview with the HaberTurk television channel. – We know that under the rubble there may still be surviving domestic animals that, out of fear, could hide in some crevices. Therefore, we carefully sort the debris; suddenly we find someone else.
He added that the rescuers decided to name the cat Yshyk, which means “light” in Turkish, so that it “gives hope and light to our bright future, without catastrophes.”
Another happy story about a cat named Chilek who had to give birth during an earthquake. One kitten died immediately, and the rest were unable to give birth. The family, who managed to get out of the destroyed house, rushed to find a veterinarian who performed a caesarean section on the cat and gave birth to three kittens. At the same time, local veterinarians treat quake-affected pets free of charge.
The Turkish Federation for Animal Rights (Hatyap) has temporarily housed more than 400 cats from the affected areas in the northwestern city of Bursa. The owner of one of the rescued animals, Asli Erdogan, cannot hold back her tears of joy:
– Our 7-story building collapsed. We miraculously escaped and now we live in another city. I didn’t expect to see my cat. He was found and identified, thanks to the chip,” she says, unable to let go of the pet that suddenly escaped oblivion from her hands.
Hatyap employee Emre Demir was also emotional:
– Of course, the meetings of the owners with the rescued pets affect us emotionally. And it gives us the strength not to stop looking. We often rescue animals whose owners are no longer alive. Then we are looking for new owners for them – public organizations and animal rights activists help us with this.
But what about the cats? On the 21st (!) day after the earthquake, rescuers in the Adiyaman area pulled a horse out from under the rubble. The state of the animal is satisfactory. The horse was examined by veterinarians, they provided the necessary assistance, after which she was transferred to the happy owner.
According to the latest data, more than 44 thousand people died as a result of a natural disaster in southeastern Turkey. The tremors continue there: since the first earthquake, more than 10 thousand of them have been registered; usually, in Turkey, that number is recorded in six months. Of these, 45 aftershocks had a magnitude of more than five points, generating new casualties and destruction. In particular, as a result of yesterday’s magnitude 5.6 earthquake with its epicenter in the Yeshilyurt region of Malatya province, two people died and 140 were injured.