ISLAND PARK — A Washington family has found their missing two-legged dog, who is known around the world for his appearances in YouTube videos, after an accident Friday night in East Idaho ejected the animal from the vehicle.
Gary Walters, his fiancee, Amanda Giese, and her two children were traveling from Yellowstone National Park to their Airbnb in Island Park around 11 p.m. on Friday when they struck a bison on U.S. 20 at mile marker 403 near Idaho 87.
“We took out a power station and rolled my truck three times,” Walters told EastIdahoNews.com. “Two of our dogs were ejected from the car. I found one of them underneath the truck on the ground and she is OK but Duncan (was) gone.”
The bison that was struck survived the crash but was severely injured. A passer-by shot the wounded animal.
Duncan Lou Who is a two-legged boxer born with his rear legs fused in an X shape. The legs were removed because they were twisting Duncan’s spine and became 100 percent unusable.
Giese runs Panda Paws Rescue, a nonprofit special-needs canine rescue organization based in Washington state. The group has more than 110,000 followers on Facebook and Duncan Lou Who is one of the organization’s most recognizable animals.
“We’ve had Duncan for four years and he’s just a really special dog,” Walters said.
Walters and Giese spent all night and most of Saturday looking for Duncan. They didn’t believe he could have made it very far. Around 3 p.m. Saturday, Panda Paws Rescue posted a photo of a dozen searchers posing with Duncan. “WE FOUND HIM!!!!!!” the post read.
Duncan had a few scrapes and cuts and he was dehydrated. He was also limping from an injury, but otherwise the couple said he was going to be just fine.
“This was one of the most amazing acts of humanity I’ve seen,” Walters said. “The outpouring of support was amazing!”
Statesman staff contributed to this article.