The dog’s odyssey began in mid-December 2021 when the container she was in left Algeciras in southern Spain. Twenty days later, the container was unloaded at the port terminal in Colon, Panama.
Hungry and dehydrated
Considered empty, it was then stored outside, at the mercy of the heat and bad weather. Until workers opened the seals twenty days later and discovered the little dog aged about one year, hungry and dehydrated.
“We don’t know how she got into the container and how she went undetected. This is the story of a heroine. Because an animal trapped in a container for forty days, without water, without food, how could it fight to survive? asks Cecilia de Escobar, National Director of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agricultural Development.
“The container was corroded in one area, and it was discovered that there was a small hole there. We assumed that she had opened a small hole with her paw through which she absorbed rainwater,” explains the manager. The little dog weighed only 4 kg when she was discovered.
A miracle “
“It’s a miracle that this little animal was able to survive, that’s why we named it Milagros (miracle in Spanish), his nickname is Mili”, explains the practitioner who indicates that the dog now weighs 12, 2 kg and is doing great.