Three-Year-Old Dog Survives 60-Foot Fall Off Cliff & Overnight In Cold Michigan Wilderness

Puppy rescued off cliff
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

A three-year-old dog named “Dancer” in Michigan earned the nickname “Fighter” after she survived through a number of life threatening circumstances.

Dancer and her owners were walking along in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan when the unthinkable happened. The dog got off her leash, and not being aware of the terrain her and her owners were walking on, fell off a 60-foot tall cliff.

The National Park Service released a statement about the nightmare events, saying:

“On the evening of January 10th, a 3-year-old dog named Dancer got off her leash and fell off a cliff near Miners Castle onto a ledge 60 feet below. After hours of searching the area, Dancer’s owners were unable to locate their dog in the dark and were convinced she had not survived the fall. 

Later that night, Pictured Rocks Park Rangers received notification of the lost dog. Park Rangers enlisted the help of Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals (SHARP), a local rope rescue team, to recover the dog from the treacherous section of Lake Superior shoreline.”

As Park Rangers and the SHARP team responded to the area, they didn’t have much hope of recovering Dancer since the dog’s owners were even accepting the potential death of their beloved pet.

However, the responders didn’t give up, and began to thoroughly search the area where Dancer was last seen. And in somewhat of a miracle, the Rangers and SHARP team were able to locate an alive Dancer, though she was definitely cold and missing her owners:

“SHARP members went to the area the following morning and were able to locate a cold, but alive Dancer. Though she had spent the night trying to keep warm, she was excited to see rescuers.

Dancer, who has been described as a ‘professional troublemaker,’ has been reunited with her Minnesota-based family and is recovering well.”

As the statement from the NPS described, Dancer was eventually reunited with her owners, and can now get back to her “professional troublemaking” ways. You can view photos of the “good girl” right after she was rescued below:


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