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In the Canary Islands – drone takes care of pets trapped by lava

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How long the volcano will remain active, nobody can say: More than 6,000 people had to flee on the Canary Island of La Palma because of the lava. However, some pets stayed behind.

Several pets trapped by lava on the volcanic island of La Palma have been supplied from the air for days. Two companies would use a drone to bring the animals food and water every day, the island administration said on Tuesday. For this, the electronics company Ticom Soluciones and the tour operator Volcanic Life deserve the thanks of the island government, emphasized the commissioner for safety and emergencies, Nieves Rosa Arroyo.

The animals, including a white cat, were discovered five days ago by a drone with a camera, among other things in an empty water basin. They cannot be reached by land because of the extremely hot lava around them.

The volcano in the south of the island of La Palma, which was previously less known to tourists than other Canary Islands such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote, erupted on September 19th for the first time in 50 years. According to official information, lava has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings since then. Around 6,000 people were brought to safety. On Tuesday, up to 800 more people had to leave their homes because of the approaching lava. How long the volcano would remain active, experts could not say. It could take weeks or months, they said.

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