Is World’s First Wingsuit BASE Jump With A Dog Cruel Or Cool? [Video]
In his latest video, adrenaline junky Dean Potter, a famous rock climber, high-liner and human flyer, wingsuit BASE jumps with his dog, Whisper from the Eiger in Switzerland. The video has gone viral, drawing support and critics for his high-flying adventure – it’s the first of its kind made with a dog. But should he have done it at all? Some are saying the dog didn’t seem to mind it, while others are claiming it’s animal cruelty.
How much damage does this put Whisper through – during the jump, when he pulls the chute? Perhaps none – he does look securely tucked into his backpack. But when the chute is pulled, both human and dog get quite the jerk as they are pulled back. I don’t have answers to these questions, because I wasn’t there, and I don’t know Dean or Whisper. Whisper does look happy when he does reach the ground (as would I!), but riding shotgun with Dean probably means that Whisper has already seen his fair share of adventures.
Watch the video below and let us know what you think. Is it animal cruelty or animal adventure? Please leave your comments below.