News World Lua reunited with owners, efforts continue to help other pets (video)

Lua reunited with owners, efforts continue to help other pets (video)

In a deluge of bad news from Greece, Lua, the dog photographed clinging to a rock in the sea off Mati after escaping the Greek wildfires, has brought a glimmer of hope.

Lua became a symbol of the disaster that killed at least 91 people and injured more than 170 as it swept through Attiki last Monday.

Animal lovers and rescue organisations helped find the dog’s owners and on Friday she was reunited with them after they feared she was dead.

Meanwhile volunteer vets and animal rescuers have been hard at work helping injured animals and where possible reuniting them  with their owners.

Footage from one animal rescue team shared online showed one such example as rescuers discovered a terrified dog cowering inside an outdoor over where she had sought refuge. The house was completely destroyed but the dog, though frightened and upset, was otherwise in good condition

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the StreetDogs in Volos-Greece group, which looks after stray dogs has confirmed that Lua was safely back with her owners.

‘She has been found by her people! Her name is Lua! They didn’t let her die. They adore her! They didn’t know what to do in the chaos,’ it said.

A friend of the family told local media Lua ran off after becoming frightened during the fire and wriggled out of her collar and lead.

The terrified dog ran towards the sea where she swam out to the rock.  Lua’s owners had been looking her for hours, before learning from social media that she had survived the fire lying on the rock at Kokkino Limanaki beach.

They were reunited with their pet and together they boarded a boat evacuating people stranded by the wildfire to the nearby port of Rafina.

The family has since returned to their home in Athens. Lua was originally a stray dog but was taken in by the family who have a summer house in Mati.

Top Stories

Covid-19 infections growing exponentially, deaths near 50,000 – WHO

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced deep concern on Wednesday about "the rapid escalation and global spread" of COVID-19 cases from...

Coronavirus can spread 1 to 3 days before symptoms appear

People infected with the novel coronavirus can transmit the infection one-to-three days before symptoms start to appear, according to a study published by the...

Tommy the robot nurse helps keep Italy doctors safe from coronavirus

He doesn't wear a mask but he is helping save lives from coronavirus just the same. Meet Tommy, the robot nurse. Tommy is one of...

Seven more Covid-19 cases in Turkish-held north

Turkish Cypriot authorities have announced another seven coronavirus cases bringing the total number in northern Cyprus to 77. They said the seven were confirmed from...

One dies, 58 test positive for coronavirus

One more person has died, a man aged 66 years with underlying health conditions, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, and another 58 people...

Taste

Village olive pie

Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water and put it aside for about 12-15 minutes to settle.  Sift the flour with the salt into...

Skordalia (Garlic paste)

Rinse the potatoes and place, unpeeled, in a saucepan. Cover with water, add salt and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes until soft. Drain,...

Village salad

A must-have with every meal is a village salad. You will find it in every tavern or greek restaurant you visit in Cyprus. Make...

Courgettes with eggs

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the courgettes at a medium heat until they soften. Add salt and add the eggs....