Workers Open Shipping Container After 40 Days. Inside Was A Bruised Dog

Workers open shipping container after 40 days.  Inside was a bruised dog

The caramel-colored dog, about a year old, was thin, dehydrated and bruised.

Panama City:

Workers at the Panama port of Atlantico were stunned when they opened a shipping container that had arrived from Spain and had to be empty.

Inside was a dog, which survived despite being trapped for 40 days as the container crossed the Atlantic from Andalusia.

The caramel-colored dog, about a year old, was thin, dehydrated and bruised.

Now, after months of rehabilitation and training, Mili has landed a job with the MIDA Ministry of Agricultural Development.

“We don’t know how she got in, nor how she wasn’t discovered,” said Cecilia de Escobar, the ministry’s national director for animal health.

“It’s the story of a heroine, because a small animal that sits in a container for 40 days, without water, without food, how did it fight for its life?”

The December 2021 ocean voyage had lasted 20 days before the container spent another 20 days in port in warm and humid Panama in January.

“Part of the container was corroded and we found a small hole there. We assume she opened the hole with her paw and drank rainwater.”

There was plenty of rain both during the trip and in Panama.

miracle dog

After her discovery, Mili was taken to Panama City and treated by veterinarians and quarantine specialists.

She weighed just nine pounds (4 kg) when she gained weight, said Hugo Turillazzi, a veterinarian and administrator in MIDA’s canine division.

Turillazzi believes Mili was in good physical shape when she entered the container and managed to survive off her body fat.

In addition to the rainwater, she could have licked the condensation from the inner walls of the container or even drank her own urine.

“It’s a miracle that this little animal has survived for so long, so we named her Milagros (miracles) or Mili for short,” he said.

“And because she was from Spain, we called her Mili the little Spaniard.”

Now fully recovered, Mili weighs 27 pounds and is in top condition.

Cheap four-legged ‘scanner’

During the five months following her discovery, Mili spent time recovering and being trained in the Ministry’s dog department.

After learning to recognize the aromas of fruits and vegetables, Mili started working “with good results” a week ago.

Dogs in her unit work at the capital’s international airport, detecting fresh food in travelers’ luggage to prevent disease from entering the country from outside.

Whenever she discovers a suspicious piece of luggage, she scratches it and sits next to it waiting for her reward.

“Mili has the four basic characteristics a dog needs to join the unit: friendly, gentle with people, a good appetite, and playful,” says dog trainer Edgardo Aguirre.

“We said to ourselves: this dog has potential, she will have seizures.”

Mili has already managed to track down grains, fruit and charcuterie.

She is now training to detect the giant African snail, a species that can devastate local agriculture.

“She’s a scanner that doesn’t cost much, just the food and affection we give her, and she’s very reliable,” Turillazzi said.

Now Mili is the one to help those who saved her.

“They say everyone has a purpose in life, and I think Mili’s would be adopted by Panama and provide a great service to our country,” De Escobar said.

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