By Kristiana Hall
A warrior puppy who survived the jungle with lions and hyena’s has been finally rescued.
The injured puppy had astonishingly braved the wilderness of Botswana, and found its way to a rescue centre to be treated.
Professor, Amanda Stronza from a nearby elephant research camp in Okavanga, has spoken of the moment the puppy, named Poppy, miraculously limped into the camp in the pouring rain.
Amanda claims the poor puppy had been trampled by an animal or possibly even a person.
Amanda said, “With all those predators out there, Poppy somehow made it to us, starving and soaked from the rain.
“She was so full of life despite the terrible condition she was in.
“We kept her for several days, safe in the rudimentary shelter of our camp. We gave her food, a warm place to sleep and lots of love.”
Not only did Poppy take the heart of Amanda but also elephant researcher, Susanne Vogel, who fed and played with her every day – naming her Poppy.
Everyone at the camp in Okavango, Botswana, knew that Poppy needed to get proper care.
The vet there discovered Poppy’s two vertebrae’s has been crushed together. He claimed the only way to save Poppy was a surgery that cost thousands of pounds.
Professor Amanda added: “I kissed Poppy and whispered in her ear to be strong. I told her she would make it through and that we all loved her.”
Desperate to save the adorable pooch, Amanda set up a campaign on Go Fund Me and in less than 24 hours, she raised over £2400 pounds.
Poppy’s was unable to stand on her back legs, but the next morning the Amanda claims she started to move her back legs and even begin to wag her tail.
After Poppy’s miraculous progress, the vet decided to wait before performing any surgery.
She added: “We are optimistic about Poppy’s future. Our plan is to give Poppy lots of care and monitor her progress.
“I think she has a bright future! If she cannot walk again, we will explore opportunities for getting her a puppy wheelchair.”
“Everyone who sees Poppy sees the light in her eyes instantly. If eyes are the windows to the soul, Poppy must have the brightest soul a puppy has ever known. She is all sweetness and love.
Amanda hopes Poppy’s story will raise awareness for other dogs in Botswana in need of urgent care.