A good Samaritan saw 7-year-old Chata at the crash site on Sunday and brought her to a local shelter. The only noticeable wound was a laceration behind the ear, KDVR reports.
"She’s a strong gal," said Dr. Ashley MacDonald, a veterinarian at Arrowhead Animal Hospital in Westminster. "She’s just a big sweetheart. She looks like a tiny hippo."
Aside from the laceration and some soreness, Chata is fine. "She’s a fighter," MacDonald said. "We’ve just been kind of managing her pain."
Chata (Still image courtesy KDVR)
Staff at the animal hospital were waiting for a family member to pick up Chata this week.
"It’s a miracle," MacDonald said. "Animals can do incredible things."
The crash happened Sunday shortly after the plane took off from Erie Municipal Airport, reports said. Pilots Robert Devon Williams, 50, and Lee Russell King, 59, were killed. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.