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Dog conquers Everest 60 years after Hillary

November 19, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A dog has reached the top of Mt Everest, world’s tallest mountain, joining more than 3000 people who have made the ascent since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first achieved the feat 60 years ago. Accompanied by its owner, a homeless dog rescued from an Indian rubbish dump reached the peak a few days ago. The dog, named Rupee, is claimed by many to be the first dog to do so, ABC News in the US reports.

So far, no other dogs have stepped forward to claim the title. 250x250

Rupee was rescued from the dump as a sick pup by Joanne Lefson, a visitor from South Africa, who adopted him and took him back home with her.

She set about nursing Rupee back to health.  A special high-protein diet of boiled eggs and rice did the trick, according to the Daily Mail.

Lefson then decided to bring Rupee with her on her planned expedition to the top of Mount Everest. “It was quite amazing to watch Rupee transform into this amazing Mount Everest-trekking superdog,” Lefson told the paper.  “He took the lead on most days.  We were kind of dragging up behind him.”

Lefson’s previous dog, Oscar, was originally meant to complete the first dog-led expedition to Everest with Lefson, but died in January.

Not many animals occur naturally on the higher slopes of Everest because it’s too high and the air is too thin. Further down, animals such as musk deer, pikas (resembling rabbits or a hares) and Himalayan tahrs live in forests. Snow leopards are very rare.

The way now seems open for a cat to become the first domestic feline to reach the top of Everest. To avoid frostbitten paws it would have to wear suitable boots – like Puss in Boots, perhaps.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Brent says:

    Hi Peter,

    I think you will find that was Everest Base Camp, not the top of the peak….as headlines imply.

    Cheers
    Brent

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