Hoge's Heroes: Wilson the Rescue Dog Found Kids Stranded in Amazon Jungle—Before Sadly Going Missing Himself


Share post:

Wilson the rescue dog

When a plane crashed in the jungles of Columbia in May, four siblings ranging in age from one to 13 were stranded in the wilderness and survived a shocking 40 days before authorities were able to locate them.

The deadly crash left the pilot, the children’s mother, and other passengers dead, leaving Lesly Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 13, Soleiny Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 9, Tien Ranoque Mucutuy, 4, and infant Cristin Ranoque Mucutuy to fend for themselves in the wilds of the Amazon jungle. A massive search effort quickly commenced, with more than a hundred Colombian special forces troops and 70 indigenous scouts combing the area, but for weeks all they turned up were “tantalizing clues.”

Finally, against all odds, the kids were discovered alive in June; the children have since been evacuated and treated, and they were all recently released from the hospital.


It’s an incredible story that highlights the bravery of these young children and the herculean efforts of the desperate searchers. But there’s one more side to it, and it concerns a dog—namely, a six-year-old Belgian Shepard named Wilson, without whose efforts these kids might not ever have been found.

Interestingly, “Wilson” is the name of the volleyball that comforted actor Tom Hanks in the hit movie “Castaway” in which his character was stranded on an island and his imagined friend gave him hope.

However, unlike Hanks’ visions in the movie, this version of Wilson was very much alive. It seems that he found the kids before anyone else:

After their rescue, the children told of how Wilson had been with them before they were found by the Army and indigenous volunteers. They had also drawn heartfelt pictures of the hero pup.

Earlier, he had led his guide to the downed aircraft before breaking his leash and then dashing off to find the kids. It’s likely that when he located them, he gave them hope and strength as they struggled to survive, and his presence let them know that help was on the way.

Unfortunately, despite his heroic efforts to find the children, Wilson himself apparently got disoriented by the treacherous terrain, and he disappeared into the Amazon jungle. He has not been seen since. The Columbian army did everything it could to locate him:

Special Forces commander General Pedro Sanchez said in Bogota: ‘Wilson is one of our commandos. We have done absolutely everything within our reach, we have spared no efforts to find him, but we are aware that it is practically unlikely that we can find him.’

The tribute, which was attended by President Gustavo Petro, was part of an award ceremony for Wilson’s mother, Drugia.

General Sanchez told those present: ‘Wilson will be remembered in our hearts and in the soul of the Colombian people, as we will do with the other canines and with our soldiers and police officers who have sacrificed their lives.’

The tweet below was from when the search was still active; it has since sadly been called off.

Wilson stood out from an early age:

Wilson was the strongest puppy of five born to Drugia and was raised among military personnel. He trained for 14 months at the School of Military Engineers…

‘He was the dog we were looking for: strong, not afraid, very curious,’ Edgar Fontecha, instructor at the canine training centre, said according to El Espectador.

‘He was the true hero because he beat the communications between the jungle and pulled his guide towards the wreckage of the aircraft’, the military said.

Although the Columbian military has now ended the search effort, and it seems unlikely that Wilson will ever be found, it was also unlikely that four young children would have survived alone in the jungle for that long—and yet they did. I like to imagine that Wilson is roaming the area, using his considerable skills to stay alive. But if not, he was nevertheless a hero pooch and four young lives might have been lost without his efforts. Godspeed, Wilson.

This is part of a series about everyday heroes that don’t necessarily make the front pages. It’s a chance to talk about something other than Joe’s mumblings and Hunter’s depravity.

I’m inviting readers to send me stories of people they know or who they’ve read about who have done heroic acts—large or small, physical or otherwise—that have made someone’s life better or saved them from danger. Please email me with any tips at [email protected] or DM me on Twitter. Thanks!

More Heroes:–>

Hoge’s Heroes: Pregnant Driver Evacuates 37 Kids off School Bus—just Before It’s Engulfed in Flames

Hoge’s Heroes Vol. 1: Skateboard Teen Turns out Not to Be so Intimidating After All, Changes Young Girl’s Life


Source link

Lisa Holden
Lisa Holden
Lisa Holden is a news writer for LinkDaddy News. She writes health, sport, tech, and more. Some of her favorite topics include the latest trends in fitness and wellness, the best ways to use technology to improve your life, and the latest developments in medical research.

Recent posts

Related articles

WATCH: Not Even Merrick Garland Was Falling for Hank Johnson's Clarence Thomas Nonsense During Hearing

It was a wild day on Capitol Hill, to say the least, considering the fireworks that were...

Fetterman Presides Over Senate in Shorts, Calls GOP 'Jagoffs,' Says He'll Wear a Suit if Votes Go His Way

As an American, I want members of Congress to fight for a measured budget that doesn't overspend...

UK Parliament Asks if Rumble Will Demonetize Russell Brand; CEO Reminds Them Why the Colonies Rebelled

Russell Brand is the #MeToo movement's latest villain, and in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations...

Gov. Gavin Newsom Ducks and Dodges When Asked About Limits on Abortion

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently participated in an interview in which the subject of abortion came up....

Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Roasts WaPo Writer, Gives a Master Class on Fighting Media Bias

Dave Portnoy, founder and owner of Barstool Sports, has a complaint with Washington Post reporter Emily Heil's...

Florida Good Samaritan With a Gun Foils Violent Robbery at Family Dollar Store

An armed robbery attempt at a Family Dollar store in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was foiled thanks to...

Chuck Schumer Folds Like a Cheap Suit and Schedules Vote on USMC Commandant and Other Senior Officers

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has agreed to schedule a vote to move the nominations of the...

Fed Goes With a Pause in Hiking Interest Rates, Hints More Might Be on the Way

The Federal Reserve just completed a two-day meeting, announcing on Wednesday that U.S. interest rates will stay...