Drones Feed Hungry Dogs After Volcanic Eruption

Several starving dogs laid curled up in and around a walled, ash-covered yard cut off by volcanic lava in the hilly area of Todoque on the Spanish island of La Palma, until a drone dropped parcels with food and water from the skies.

Drone footage given by one of the companies in charge of the operation showed them lifting their heads to look and ambling towards the packages, which they pried open with their teeth and paws to take in much-needed sustenance.

The Island Council of La Palma issued a statement thanking two local businesses, Ticom Soluciones and Volcanic Life, for feeding the dogs for the past five days. The companies will carry on this activity as long as there are no reoccurrences of natural disasters.

The organisations use the assistance of veterinarians and experts who know the kind of nutrition these canines will need in the current situation. The organisation also stated that airlifting the pooches would not be possible at the moment since helicopters cannot fly in the area because of the hot air from the lava and volcanic ash that can damage them.

Hundreds of pets were forced homeless as their owners fled the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted on Sept. 19. Humans built up a makeshift animal sanctuary in a school playground to rehouse them.

There was no end in sight for the molten rock flows that have destroyed over 600 hectares and 1,200 houses. This forced thousands to flee while authorities ordered another 700 residents to leave their homes on Tuesday.

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