Runaway pup found on island
AN EIGHT-month-old pup that ran off the end of the Urangan Pier on News Year's Eve night after being terrified by fireworks has miraculously been found alive on Woody Island in Hervey Bay.
The amazing story of Brandi, the Catahoula hunting dog, was revealed yesterday when she was reunited with her loving Gympie family
Her owners, the Adams family, had given her up for dead - thinking she must have drowned or been taken by sharks - but eight months down the track she was rescued and brought back to the mainland.
Fraser Coast Regional Council compliance officer Sally Cripps said Catahoulas had webbed feet and were known for their ability to swim but the 3.5 kilometre trek to Woody Island “would have been a long journey for her”.
Ms Cripps said she probably survived on seafood and small game until she was spotted by fishermen a couple of months ago.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers started leaving food out in a bid to catch her but it took them until last weekend to finally trap her.
When Ms Cripps phoned owner Desli Adams on Monday and confirmed that it was Brandi, thanks to the red collar she was still wearing and an identifying scar on the dog's leg, she was shocked and pleased.
“It's amazing,” Ms Cripps said.
“In the unit we felt like we'd won the lottery.
“She certainly is a survivor.”
Brandi is in surprisingly good condition with soft, shiny fur and despite living in the wild for eight months, retains her good temperament and friendly nature.
Ms Adams said she was shaking when she received the council phone call and was excited to tell her husband and three children the good news.
She and the children rushed to Hervey Bay yesterday morning and were ecstatic to reunite with Brandi.
“She just knew them straight away, it was so good,” Ms Adams said.
Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said Brandi's survival over the past eight months was nothing short of a miracle.
“This rescue effort demonstrates the dedication of our rangers, who continue to go above and beyond the call of duty,” she said.