Wearing serious goggles, all-terrain boots and a khaki padded vest, Frida the search and rescue dog is a social media hero. But it's her amazing life-saving work and not her style that has earned her accolades. In her work with the Mexican Navy’s (SEMAR) Canine Unit, the Labrador is credited with finding at least 41 bodies and a dozen people alive.
Now the famous 10-year-old canine has retired. Frida was presented with a toy by Mexico’s navy at a ceremony on June 25 to celebrate her retirement, reports the Associated Press.
You can watch Frida's retirement ceremony in the video below:
As one fan said on Twitter, not all heroes wear capes.
The hard-working dog has had paws on the ground in various natural disasters in national and international situations, including two rescue missions after earthquakes in Haiti and Ecuador.
Frida has become a hero amid tragedy. (Photo: Gobierno de la Ciudad de México/Wikimedia Commons)
Frida has become a hero amid the tragedy of the deadly earthquake in central Mexico in September 2017, where more than 237 people died and 1,900 were injured. She was on the ground, searching for survivors, just like she was weeks earlier when an 8.1-magnitude earthquake devastated Oaxaca and Frida managed to rescue a dozen people, according to Metro.
Even the office of Mexico's president tweeted about the four-legged hero.
Images of Frida, including fan art, have made the rounds, with some supporters saying they would vote for her in an election.
Everyone loves a hero
Weeks after the earthquakes, Mexico's first responders were honored on the field in a ceremony before a World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago. Mexican players handed jerseys to the rescue workers, reports Slate, but the crowd really cheered when Frida came on the field with her signature goggles, vest and boots.
The crowd chanted, “olé, olé, olé, olé, Frida, Frida.” Later, the team tweeted a photo of the four-legged hero enjoying the match, which Mexico won 3-1.
Editor's note: This story has been updated.