A Saudi young man displayed bravery and courage when he descended down a well after midnight in order to rescue a dog he heard barking from a distance.
The young man Hani al-Nafiei told Al Arabiya the details of the unfolding event which he recorded in a video.
“Long after dark, I was sitting in the courtyard of our house situated in my village south of Taif when I heard interrupted and muffled cries that sounded like a distress call,” he said.
“I proceeded into taking my flashlight and my brother rushed into the night with me to locate the source of the sound, as we advanced the muffled voice became clearer and clearer and that until we reached the edges of a water well,” he added.
Nafiei continued: “Upon using the flashlight we came to find a dog, looking at us from the bottom and its eyes had a look of both fear and sheer misery. I waved my hand at the creature and it moved its head as if begging me to save it and so I felt that it was not possible for me to leave it there.”
He further explained that he engineered a plan to save the dog in a couple of seconds and so he brought a rope and went down the well to tie the dog to the rope. The dog remained calm and obedient even though it was not familiar with the young man.
He said: “after tying the dog and getting it out of the well, the creature distanced itself from us a bit and emitted a barking noise that resembled the howling of a wolf. It was its own way of thanking me and showing me its gratitude and so I petted the dog and spoke some gentle words to it.”
The Saudi man added that the dog followed him stayed for a whole day sitting next to his house but then left.
The young man refuses to describe his behavior as a kind of recklessness and endangerment. For him, the real danger lies in one revoking his own humanity in such situations.