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The 12 members of the Thai soccer team, the Wild Boars, and their coach who were trapped in Thailand’s Tham Luang cave system certainly made headlines all over the world and on Tuesday (July 10), the whole team was finally rescued. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without help and coordination from rescuers who offered their aid in the whole operation and it was a relief when all 12 boys and their coach finally made it out of the treacherous cave. Phew! 

Artists Pay Tribute to Heroes Who Saved Thai Football Team from Tham Luang Caves - WORLD OF BUZZ

Tribute to Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan who died during the rescue mission. The drawing’s caption reads: ‘It’s alright, grow up to be a good man, OK?’ | Source: Daily Mail

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Source: Daily Mail

Many artists have since been paying tribute to these heroic rescuers who gave their all to help these trapped boys as well as to the Navy SEAL who tragically passed away during the rescue operations. However, one artwork in particular has been going viral as it captured the attention of tens of thousands of people.

Drawn by two Thai sisters Aruni Aunhawarakorn and Jantima Manasviyoungkul, who are the artists behind Sisidea, their cartoon is super cute and uses animals to represent the boys and the incredible team of international helpers. Originally, the explanations for each cartoon character was in Thai but ever since the rescue operation was completed, an English translation has been provided along with an updated version of the cartoon to include all the heroes involved.

Artists Pay Tribute to Heroes Who Saved Thai Football Team from Tham Luang Cave - WORLD OF BUZZ

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Source: Twitter

Artists Pay Tribute to the Heroes Who Saved Thai Football Team from Tham Luang Cave - WORLD OF BUZZ

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The sisters told Business Insider, “This picture is to show appreciation of the Thai people to the collaborations from many people around the world. These 13 footballers are represented as the little wild boars. Tons of kindness has been flowing from many countries and specialist teams, so we are including all of them on the animation.”

Artists Pay Touching Tribute to the Heroes Who Saved Thai Football Team from Tham Luang Cave - WORLD OF BUZZ

Updated version | Source: Facebook

Here’s what each cartoon character represents:

  1. White Elephant: former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotanakorn who led the rescue mission
  2. Wild Boars: The 12 small ones are the children and the bigger one at the back is the coach
  3. White horse: All the heroes involved in the mission
  4. White horse with red cross: Medical personnel
  5. Angel Seal: Deceased Thai Navy SEAL Saman Gunan, a national hero
  6. Seals: Thai Navy SEALs
  7. Frogs: All the world-class divers who have been helping
  8. Duck: Geographer team
  9. Lion (Blue): Rescuers from England
  10. Lion (Black-Yellow-Red): Rescuers from Belgium
  11. Lion (Red-White-Blue): Rescuers from the Netherlands
  12. Kangaroo: Rescuers from Australia
  13. Panda: Rescuers from China
  14. Crane: Rescuers from Japan
  15. Moose: Rescuers from Sweden
  16. Tiger: Rescuers from Myanmar
  17. Brown Elephant: Rescuers from Laos
  18. Eagle: Rescuers from USA
  19. Bear: Rescuers from Finland
  20. Rooster: Rescuers from France
  21. Hawk: Rescuers from the Philippines, Germany, Czech Republic
  22. Beaver: Rescuers from Canada
  23. Swan: Rescuers from Denmark
  24. Cobra: Rescuers from Israel
  25. Iron Man: Elon Musk, who sent a mini submarine
  26. Dog: K9 unit (cute!)
  27. Martin: Climbers from Libong, Thailand
  28. Dragon: Water pumping team and drilling team
  29. Pig: Thai rice farmers
  30. Birds: Media
  31. Crow among the birds: People criticising the mission
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The previous version | Source: Facebook

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said now that the rescue mission is completed, the Tham Luan Nang Non cave would be closed for some time so that it will not endanger other unsuspecting visitors. The boys are currently receiving treatment in hospital but they are mostly healthy and smiling, now that the ordeal is over.

Kudos to the entire rescue mission and their tireless efforts to save those innocent, stranded boys! You guys were awesome!

 

Also read: Thai Football Coach Became Malnourished After Sacrificing His Food So The Boys Could Survive

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