Much attention has been turned to the spectacular destructive forces of continuing volcanic activity on the Spanish island of La Palma. Now two groups are using drones to care for overlooked victims of the volcano: Dogs left stranded and starving by advancing lava flows.
[October 19 update is below]
The local La Palma partners began flying drone missions last week in search of dogs and other animals trapped in remote areas after somehow surviving the molten lava that had surrounded them. Tech and communications company Ticom Soluciones has been using its UAVs to monitor the volcano’s activity for some time. It joined forces with educational and search and rescue organization Volcanic Life to stage missions locating any creatures that managed to escape their fiery entrapment – only to face dehydration and starvation while cut off from the rest of the island.
The missions began October 7 after live creatures were spotted in the upper part of La Palma’s…