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Aerial view of the earthquake damage in Mexico City Video provided by AFP Newslook
A rescue dog that has participated in dozens of missions during some of world’s most destructive natural disasters has officially retired, Mexico’s Navy announced.
The 10-year-old yellow Labrador, Frida, retired in a ceremony that marked “International Rescuer Day” in Mexico Sunday. During the ceremony, she was presented with a toy that the Mexican government said symbolized the start of her new life.
Frida became a symbol of hope for the country during the devastating earthquakes that killed more than 300 people in Mexico City in 2017, according to the Associated Press. In the earthquakes’ aftermath, she was credited with finding more than 40 bodies and saving 12 people’s lives, the BBC reported.
She gained international fame for her hard work and was even recognized by “Avengers: Endgame” actor Chris Evans on Twitter.
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During her career, the beloved canine also traveled to Haiti in 2010 and Ecuador in 2016 to assist in rescue efforts after earthquakes devastated the two countries.
In July 2018, Frida and her trainer, Israel Arauz, were commemorated with a statue that was unveiled in the Parque Ecológico in Puebla, Remezcla reported.
The placard under the duo’s statue read: “Memorable symbols of strength that Mexicans can have when we decide to unite for a greater cause.”
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