Rescuers were able to give the puppy food to stay alive — but getting him out would be far more challenging. For 10 long days, crews struggled to devise a way to lift the dog out, though without luck.
The rescue effort soon garnered widespread attention in Turkey via social media and national television. Hope came when Energy Minister Berat Albayrak heard about the puppy's plight and, as the Daily Sabah reports, ordered a state-owned mining company, Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises, to step in to help.
Using a long, mechanized lasso lowered into the hole, the team finally managed to collar the puppy and pull him up to safety — a dramatic moment caught on film.