Pets & Animals

Puppy rescued by US Navy after 5 weeks lost at sea: 'Just really mind blowing'

Presumed dead after being lost at sea for five weeks, a German shepherd puppy named Luna has shown she has some serious survival skills.

On Feb. 10, Luna fell overboard from her owner's fishing boat about two miles off the coast of San Clemente Island in California. Luna's owner, Nick Hayworth, told officials at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island that the 18-month-old pup might try to swim to shore, but a week of searching for the lost dog turned up nothing, U.S. Navy officials told NBC's San Diego affiliate.

On Tuesday, staff members were stunned when they saw Luna near the side of the road as they headed to work at Naval Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island. Other than having lost some weight, she looked no worse for the wear despite spending nearly five weeks on what the Navy termed "very treacherous terrain" in a Facebook post.

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"They were shocked," Naval Base Coronado PAO Sandy DeMunnik told NBC 7.

Luna then had a joyous reunion with Conner Lamb, a friend of Hayworth's who came to pick her up on Wednesday because Hayworth was out of town for work.

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"[It's] just really mind blowing to tell you the truth," Lamb told NBC 7. "When I got the call this happened, [I] never even though this would be possible."

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