Oil Rig Workers Rescue Exhausted Dog Found Paddling In The Sea 220km From Shore

It's no secret that dogs enjoy a nice swim every now and then, but there are limits to how far they can doggy paddle. We're talking maybe a couple of hundred metres from the shore at best.

So you can imagine the surprise Thai oil rig workers had when they spotted a pooch swimming in the sea.

This rig is a whopping 220kms from shore.

Before you start thinking this dog possesses super-canine abilities, it's believed it fell off a boat nearby and had been swimming around looking for help.

Luckily, help came and the dog, a brown aspin, has he's since been nicknamed Boonrod, which means 'survivor'.

The dog was lifted to safety by a crane before being taken to a vet in Thailand to be checked over.

Credit: Vitisak Payalaw/Facebook
Credit: Vitisak Payalaw/Facebook

This is certainly a positive story from an animal rescue, unlike what happened in Estonia. Well, it's still positive but it had some, um, unexpected circumstances.

A group of men in Estonia who rushed to help a dog they found in a freezing-cold river were shocked to discover that the 'pooch' was actually a wolf. Well, easy mistake to make, isn't it?

Workers at the Sindi dam on the Parnu river saw the 'dog' in the water and quickly cleared a path to the animal and carried into one of their cars before heading off to a vet's surgery to get it checked over.

The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA) told Postimees that when the wolf was brought in it had low blood pressure, which could explain why the wolf was so docile.

Credit: EUPA
Credit: EUPA

Credit: EUPA
Credit: EUPA

Rando Kartsepp, one of the men who picked up the wolf, told the paper: "We had to carry him over the slope. He weighed a fair bit.

"He was calm, slept on my legs. When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment."

Vets at the clinic were initially suspicious that the dog may, in fact, be a wolf, but it wasn't until a local hunter saw it that it was confirmed that the animal was a young wolf - around one year old, BBC reports.

Once it was established that it wasn't a dog, vets decided to err on the side of caution and put him in a cage post treatment, in case he woke up and felt like doing his Big Bad Wolf impression.

Featured Image Credit: Vitisak Payalaw/Facebook

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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