In a story to warm your heart on this chilly Tuesday morning, a miner in the Eastern Goldfields and the beloved puppy he’d given up for dead have been reunited after the dog was rescued from a disused mine shaft.
Like any five-month old, Bruce likes to go exploring and a couple of weeks ago decided he needed an adventure, but got disoriented and went missing near Barrick’s Kanowna Belle goldmine north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
Bruce’s owner, Bill Honey told The West Australian he had been looking for his puppy in the area for two hours, but when he heard no response he assumed he has fallen to his death down one of the mine shafts in the area.
"We looked everywhere and we couldn’t find him because there were all these old mine shafts," he said.
"Now I reckon he fell down and knocked himself out."
Lucky for Honey and Bruce, Ausdrill contractors started exploration drilling at the sit on Friday and when they heard a faint dog bark they went to investigate.
The drillers reported their surprising discovery at about 7am and by 9:30am a rescue team had arrived and brought Bruce safely to the surface.
He had been trapped in a shaft about 10 metres deep, and project geologist of Barrick’s Kanowna project, Andrew Baker said the men had been drilling about 5 kilometres north-east of the Kanowna Belle mine at a site known as Woodline.
Barker told how Barrick’s emergency rescue team member Greg D’Rozario abseiled down the shaft to reach Bruce.
"Then he was pulled back up with the dog," Mr Baker said.
"It was pretty skinny, its back end was quite wasted and you could see its ribs."
Bruce was quickly reunited with his relieved owner and is doing well.