As rescuers scramble to save children trapped inside a collapsed school, one of the Mexican navy’s elite search and rescue teams suit up.
They put on their tactical vests, their special footwear and protective goggles, and climb onto the rubble in search of people trapped underneath the building. They look cute, but this team of dogs are the best in the business when it comes to finding people after natural disasters.
After Mexico was hit by a 7.1 earthquake on Tuesday, more than 250 people were killed and many more were trapped in the dozens of buildings that collapsed. In Mexico City, the remains of the Enrique Rebsamen school became the site of a major rescue operation.
Frida, a seven-year-old Labrador who is one of the 15 dogs searching the ruins, became an unlikely hero of the crisis after Mexico’s navy shared photos of her on Twitter, along with details about her impressive career.
Trained as a search and rescue dog since she was just 2 months old, Frida has rescued 12 people and found 40 bodies following natural disasters across Mexico. She has even worked in neighboring countries like Ecuador.
But searching through the collapsed school is proving to be one of the toughest challenges in Frida’s career…