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A plucky dog has pulled off a miraculous escape after making it out of a tornado alive.
Pom Pom, a miniature Pomeranian who lives with owners Scott and Anne Beecroft in New South Wales Central West in Australia, was thought to be dead after a twister suddenly tore through their home.
But when they later heard barking coming from the outside of the property, the Beecrofts were stunned to find her still alive in the garden.
The tiny dog, who weighs about one kilogram (0.16 stone), lost her tooth and dislocated her jaw in the freak weather event. The storm demolished nearby houses and left others without their roofs.
Having spent two weeks in a veterinary hospital, she is also said to have been left shaken by the incident but is said to be slowly returning to her old lively self.
With most of the house wrecked, her favourite comfort blanket is still stuck 30metres up a pine tree.
Her owners couldn't believe that she survived after the devastation the disaster caused.
Recounting his astonishment at Pom Pom's escape, Mr Beecroft said: "We thought she was definitely gone for sure, especially when you've got fifteen-tonne trees getting picked up and dumped like rag dolls."
The man, a world record-holder for coal shovelling, was also injured in the tornado himself in dramatic circumstances.
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As the storm hit the house, Mr Beecroft's arm was pulled out of the kitchen window, leaving him frantically holding on for survival.
Gesturing to the site of the close call, he said: "I had to grab hold of the bench just here, hanging onto the bench with one arm then next thing me feet are flinging up, foot was in the bench just here"
Building materials from the Beecrofts' 100-year-old home have been found as far as 20 kilometres (12.42 miles) away — showing just how lucky this little dog was to live to bark another day.
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