For six days, a huge 400-meter-long (1,300 feet) container ship called Ever Given was stuck in the Suez Canal in Egypt, one of the world’s leading shipping lanes. The vessel, operated by Evergreen Marine Corp., became diagonally wedged across the waterway during a sandstorm which caused traffic to build up and other ships to be rerouted. Thankfully, after a scheme involving tug boats and dredging, the vessel was finally freed on March 29, 2021. However, the ship might still be stuck if it weren’t for two little helpers who were on the scene—miniature dachshunds Crusoe and Oakley.
Dachshunds have a reputation for being courageous and persistent, but Crusoe and Oakley were particularly determined. The two pups were filmed frantically digging in the sand with their little paws as they tried to “free” Ever Given. They even wore pup-sized hard hats and safety vests. Their job was finally complete when the ship was dislodged and could continue its journey north.
“The media doesn’t like to give us credit, but it was actually two hard working little wiener dogs who cleared the Suez Canal and freed the Evergreen container ship to continue on its way,” says Crusoe’s human. “Thankfully those pups earned some well-deserved treats for their great digging and excavating skills! Good job, pups!”