A pet dog swept off a sailboat in choppy seas off Australia was found alive four months later on a remote island – and returned to her family, who had thought she was dead.
The four-year-old blue heeler, named Sophie Tucker, was captured by rangers last week on St Bees Island in northern Queensland state, nearly six miles from where she was washed off the sailboat in November, owner Jan Griffith said.
Rangers initially thought they’d captured a wild dog, but friends who heard about the canine contacted Ms Griffith and suggested it might be Sophie.
Ms Griffith and her husband met the rangers’ boat as it arrived back on the mainland and were shocked to find their long-lost pet on board.
“We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us,” Ms Griffith said. “She wriggled around like a mad thing.”
Sophie appeared to have survived by eating goats, as rangers found several baby goat carcasses around the island, Ms Griffith said.