This month, coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China, and the deadly virus has spread at an alarming pace, subsequently infecting thousands of people across the globe.
China has descended into mass hysteria as people desperately attempt to protect themselves from the virus, and many flights in and out of the country have been grounded.
But one woman in Taiwan was saved from the virus in the most unique way... By her mischevious dog, who decided to feast upon her passport just before she was due to fly to the infected city.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see the adorable photos of the pooch caught red-handed...
Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesThe Chinese city, which has a population of over eleven million citizens, is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.
It is known as the coronavirus outbreak.
via: Getty ImagesReuters has given a short guide to what it is exactly: "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."
They also wrote this:
via: Getty Images"Coronavirus infections can lead to respiratory illnesses - some of which can be severe and deadly, and some of which can be much milder, such as the common cold."
The symptoms can be deadly.
via: Getty"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."
And everyone is asking the same thing...
via: GettyWhat is it that's causing this deadly virus?
There are many theories...
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Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...
via: GettyStrains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.
But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...
via: GettyThe strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva, Chinese officials say.
And it is notoriously difficult to cure...
via: Getty ImagesBecause of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read: "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."
And, sadly, the casualties so far have proved to be fatal.
via: Getty ImagesSo far, there have been over 6,000 cases of the virus, and 132 people have confirmed to have died.
Things are only getting worse.
via: Getty ImagesThe virus continues to spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in 8 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.
And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.
via: Getty ImagesThere are currently sixteen active cases being monitored in Washington DC but, because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.
The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak.
via: Getty ImagesThe United Nations’ health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.
Authorities in China have canceled Chinese New Year events because of the lockdown.
via: Getty ImagesAnd flights to and from the location have been reduced drastically in order to stop further infection.
Travellers have been advised against visiting the infected city...
via: GettyAnd thousands have been hastily canceling all travel plans.
But one woman had her plans canceled for her...
via: GettyAnd it was all thanks to her mischevious dog.
via: FacebookKimi's owner had plans to fly from her hometown of Taiwan to the infected city with her family later this month.
But Kimi must have sensed that something wasn't quite right...
via: FacebookOr maybe she was just coincidentally feeling quite peckish for some passport paper... Because she went on to eat her owner's passport.
Now, Kimi is known for her love of chewing things...
via: FacebookBut her owner had never dreamed that she would get her teeth around such an important document.
The pooch was caught in the act.
via: FacebookHer guilty face says it all.
The dog had completely ravaged the passport...
via: FacebookMeaning her owner was no longer able to purchase her tickets to travel to Wuhan later this month, and ultimately making it impossible for her to leave the country.
The passport was completely torn to shreds.
via: FacebookHer owner shared the photos to Facebook, where she wrote: "Once I got back to the room and found this scene!"
Shortly after the photos were taken, news came that there had been an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the region...
via: FacebookAnd it was then that the woman realized that Kimi's actions had potentially saved her life.
Taking to Facebook again, she wrote in a second post:
via: Facebook"Do you guys remember the passport? Throwback: this kid is really protecting me. After my passport was torn apart, the virus began to go where I originally planned to go."
The woman narrowly escaped the deadly outbreak...
via: FacebookAnd it's all thanks to Kimi. "I think about it now, and it's very touching. Fortunately, you blocked our trip." What a good girl.