10 Heroic Animals And How They Saved Human Lives
Most of us consider the animals in our lives faithful pals that keep us company, make us laugh and love us for different reasons. But when in danger, can we count on them to get us out? Pretty of incidents have brought out a resounding yes to this question.
These 10 Animals Risked Their Lives To Save Humans And Their Stories Are Amazing
1 Dog Used the Heimlich Maneuver To Save Owner
45 year old, Debbie Parkhust was home alone when she choked on an apple. “It was lodged pretty tight because I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I tried to do the thing where you lean over a chair and give yourself the Heimlich, but it didn’t work.”
She started beating her chest and this may have attracted Toby’s attention. Toby got up on his hind feet and pushed her to the ground. Once she was on her back, he started jumping up and down her chest. The jumping managed to dislodge the apple from her windpipe. “As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” she said.(source)
2 Gorilla saved boy from coming to harm
The boy had climbed over a 3.5ft railing and fallen 18 ft into the enclosure that housed seven gorillas. Binti Jua, an 8 year old female gorilla was carrying her own infant when this happened. She cradled the boy in her arms and took him near the door where he could be attended by paramedics and zoo keepers. Binti Jua (Swahili for Sunshine), was a gorilla from Western Lowland. She had been raised by humans and hence taught nurturing skills. The boy’s condition was considered critical at the time but he recovered. (source)
3 Lions rescue a kidnapped girl
Kidnappers in South West Ethiopia took a 12 year old girl on her way home from school. A week later, the kidnappers tried to move her because the police were in pursuit. They encountered a pride of 3 lions who chased them away. The lions stayed with the girl until the police, who were searching for her, came near. Then they left without harming her. “They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” one of the policemen said. (source)
4 A beluga whale saved a diver’s life
Yang Yun, a diver, was taking part in a diving contest among whales in a tank that had water chilled to Arctic temperatures and at more than 20ft deep. She didn’t have breathing equipment and at one point was paralyzed by the cold. “I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me – I was dead.” She said when relieving the drama. ‘Until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface.”
Mila, the beluga, pushed Yun to the surface with her leg in its mouth. Luckily for her, belugas that live in the Arctic and sub-Arctic only feed on small fish and squid and therefore have small teeth. (source)
5 Pig That saved owner
Jo Ann Altsman was having a heart attack in her trailer’s bedroom on August 4th. She panicked since she had had another of the attacks some 18 months ago and tried to call for help by breaking a window.
Lulu, her pig, had never left the yard but on hearing her cries for help, she broke out of her piggy door and ran to the road. Witnesses say that Lulu would lie in front of any incoming car on the road to try and get help. She returned several times to check on Altsman, and then ran to the road again. One of the motorists grew curious as to why the pig was lying on the road and followed it to Altsman’s trailer. Altsman heard a man hollering at the door, “Lady, your pig’s in distress,” and Altsman said. “I’m in distress, too. Please call an ambulance.” (source)
6 Cat saves owners from deadly gas
One Chilly October at 2 a.m, Trudy was awakened by their cat Schnautzie. It sat on her chest and patted her nose using her paw. Trudy went back to sleep the first time schnautzie did this. A few minutes later, when she did it again, Trudy opened her eyes and watched as the cat sniffed the air in the bedroom. Trudy noticed that there was a strange hissing sound and elbowed her husband, Guy. He thought it was probably the neighbor’s sprinkler but within seconds, they realized the gas pipe that led to their house had raptured and was filling their basement with explosive fumes. They fled the residence and escaped a disastrous moment.
Schnautzie got the Purple Paw Award from the Great Falls Animal Foundation, for her heroics. (source)
7 Family dog saves boy from a cougar attack
The golden retriever saved the owner from an attack by a cougar while at their backyard in Boston Bar, British Columbia. Angel, their dog, leapt and threw herself between the 11 year old boy and the cougar. According to the boys mum, her son was gathering firewood when the incident happened. (source)
8 Parrot saves a choking little girl
A parrot named Willie, noticed that the toddler his owner was babysitting was not okay. She raised the alarm by flapping her wings and yelling “mama baby”. Megan, the owner, dashed into the room and found the baby choking and immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver.
Willie received an award from Red Cross for saving the day.(source)
9 Chihuahua saves two elderly women from drowning
Mary and Rick Lane, the Chihuahua owners, were enjoying a day out at the Indian beach, on the North Carolina Outer Banks. They had tied Chichi, the Chihuahua, to a beach chair because he didn’t like lying on the sand. Chichi suddenly became agitated and started running and straining his leash. This caught the Lanes attention and that’s when they saw two elderly women drowning and frantically trying to keep their heads above water. They rescued both women and Chichi got the Reader’s Digest Hero Pet Of The Year Award. (source)
10 Benalla dairy farmer saved by goat
Noel Osbourne was knocked over by one of his cows in October 2002, and broke his hip. He couldn’t move and his calls for help were heard by no one. Mandy, his pet goat came to him and he was able to milk her into a bottle he found. She slept beside him every night as he endured cold nights, storms and hot days. His dog brought him old bones as gifts as he lay there waiting for someone to help him. Mandy’s milk kept him going for five days until he was rescued by some friends who had come over to pick up a kid goat. (source)
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