Frida is a six-year-old labrador who is trained by the Navy to assist in finding people in disaster zones. She, along with her three other companions, Eco, Evil and Titan, have won the applause and hearts of the Mexicans thanks to their rescue work, especially in the last September 7 earthquake, which left several areas in Oaxaca devastated.
Frida has rescued more than 52 people in Mexico. This great work is added to her work in the fire that was in the tower of Pemex, also in the landslides of Guatemala and in the earthquake of Ecuador.
Frida has filled articles, threads from Reddit and a lot of love messages on Twitter and Facebook. The friendly appearance of the animal and its particular outfit, with protective booties and goggles to protect against smoke and debris, has triggered a worldwide lovefest for Frida on social media.
The iconic character of Frida is so popular that there are already proposals on Facebook to put her on the 500 peso notes.
Frida by far has become the most famous rescuer in Mexico. She receives applause everywhere she goes :) If you read that her sidekick rescue dog Ariel died today in an accident, don't believe it! I spent over an hour trying to verify the story, I was so happy to hear Ariel was alive and well and working hard to save lives in Mexico City.
Posted by Puerto Vallarta News on Thursday, September 21, 2017
Frida’s work life, as well as that of the other companions of the SEMAR Search and Rescue Team, is limited, so her retirement, after five years of self-sacrificing work, is not far off. Most of the animals are offered as pets to the service humans themselves, who have lived and worked with them, side by side, for years.
Since the earthquake in Oaxaca, the rescue dogs of the Mexican Marine Secretariat (SEMAR) have played a key role in the rescue efforts. Dogs, being smaller and less heavy than humans, are less risky on unstable debris, and their training and natural smell allows them to identify more quickly trapped and alive people.