May 27, 2009

Dog survives 25 days stuck in rabbit hole

A Jack Russell terrier who got stuck down a rabbit hole in Wales was able to free himself after 25 days without food.

Jill Thomas of Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire told The Daily Mail that she and her husband Rick had given up on finding Jake the terrier after three weeks of putting up fliers and advertising in the newspaper and on a radio station. Then they got a call from a farmer whose children had found the dog near where he disappeared while out on a walk with Rick Thomas.

It was a joyous moment -- until we saw him, she said. He was in a terrible state.

The veterinarian warned them that Jake might not pull through. But he put the starving dog on drip feeding, and he is on the road to recovery.

The vet told them that Jake probably got stuck in a rabbit warren until he became so thin he was able to get free.

He was skin and bone and it was touch and go for a while, Jill Thomas said. But he's a fit little dog and he slowly recovered.