Dog owners would do anything for their beloved four-legged best friends, and when one Australian hunter was stranded in the wild with his injured dog, he refused to give up and instead walked for two days to find help.
Wild pig hunter Wayne Best had been hunting with his Arab greyhound mix named Choco along the Mitchell River in an extremely remote part of Northern Queensland when he suddenly saw a 20-foot crocodile spring out from the edge of the river and drag Choco under.
“It went for the dog and just got him by the arse end, picked him up and just shook him and then went under water,’’ Best said. “That was all that I saw of him. About two minutes later, (Choco) pops up again and I didn’t see the croc, and he swam back in (to land).”
“I had to take him back to camp, splinted him up and fixed a few holes in him, in his belly and stuff like that,” said Best, who then picked up his three-year-old dog and began hiking the long way to a road. Best walked for about 50 miles with Choco in his hands, managed to hitch a few rides, and was ultimately spotted by a friend who drove him the rest of the way to the vet.
“He’s a very lucky dog,’’ Dr. Ethan Maloney said. “The best thing Wayne did was bring the dog straight to the clinic. It’s going to be a very long recovery, but for the moment, the dog is alive.” And after facing a $2300 vet bill, Best was determined to raise the funds by working on a farm for extra money.
“He’s my mate. He’s like family to me,’’ Mr. Best said. “He’s my best friend to me in the whole world. Money means nothing to me. I just want him better. I walked a long way for him, but I would have walked a million and one miles for him if need be.”
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