Dog fears water after surviving June 3 floods

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A five-month old German Shepherd dog that miraculously survived the

June 3 flooding in Accra and its environs, has developed a phobia for


Weeks after the flood, the dog called Zeus which had been chained in

its home on 10 Crotin Street at Community 20 in Tema when the rain

started, has refused to go near water and finds the sound of

tap-flowing water irritating.

Its owners, realising the steadily climbing level of water when the

rain started on June 3, desperately sought refuge in the attic of

their home. In their haste to get in, they forgot about Zeus in its

chain outside.

The water rose up to about six feetand Zeus struggled to stay alive

forsix hours without being buried under the deluge. It apparently

managed to keep its nose just above the water all the time.

"It is an amazing story of survival. We have not been able to fully

understand how Zeus coped for thesix hours that we were also scared

inside, trying to evade drowning," said Mrs Vida Appiah Twum, the

dog's owner.

The dog used to be an aggressive animal before the flood incident but

apart from distancing itself from water, it has also lost its

aggression and does not respond to friendly human gestures.

Despite Zeus having lost some weight now, its owners are happy itis

still around and would hopefully come back to its old ways.

Credit: Graphic.com.gh

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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