When we first shared 5 true stories about animals saving humans with you, we had no idea that it will be such a popular article, so we decided to expand the list you loved a bit more. So, here are some more amazing stories of how animals helped humans in the most critical moments:
1. Dolphins Save Divers from Shark
Several years ago, four divers were puzzled when they suddenly got surrounded by school of dolphins. Mystery was soon resolved when one of the dolphins turned around and attacked a great white shark that appeared out of nowhere. Dolphins were protecting the divers for some 30 minutes until they reached the safety of their ship.
2. Sow Saves Woman from Heart Attack
When a woman had a heart attack in front of her house, her sow, Lulu, broke down the fence of her pen and ran for help. She ran for few miles until she found a highway. Lulu laid down on it and when the first car stopped, she stood up and ran back to her yard. Driver that followed her found the collapsed woman and called for help.
3. Parrot Saves Girl from Choking
There is a saying that heroes are not always big and bulky, and that everyone can be a hero, no matter the size. This was proven by Willie, parrot who saved 2-year-old Hannah’s life. Hannah was choking on her food while the babysitter Megan was in the other room, preparing her bed and, noticing that, Willie flew to the babysitter, started flapping his wings and crying out “mama baby” over and over again. Megan realized something was wrong and she ran to the other room, saw that Hannah was choking and performed Heimlich technique on her, thus saving her life. Willie was a local hero, earning the Red Cross chapter’s Animal Lifesaver Award.
4. Pack of Lions Saves Girl from Kidnappers
A 12-year-old girl from Ethiopia disappeared in her own back yard. After looking for her for several days, police and family found her surrounded by a pack of lions next to a rather large blood stain. She told them that she was kidnapped by two men who tried to force her to marry one of them and that they even tried to rape her. Lions came out of nowhere and her assailants barely made it out alive. Media reported that her cries probably sounded like a cry of a cub and that’s the reason lions intervened.
5. Dog Saves Woman from River
You never know what can happen when you walk your dog along the river. This was especially true for Brenda Owen who was walking her dog when she noticed an empty wheelchair and a woman in the river. She shouted but the woman in the river was only floating. Luckily, her dog Penny, was very obedient and when Brenda said “Fetch!”, Penny swam to the disabled woman and pulled her out to the riverbank.
6. Cat Saves Couple from Gas Leak
Back in 2007, Trudy was awaken by her kitten around 2:00 am. While she, at first, dismissed it as Schnautzie (her kitten) just being playful, after kitten didn’t stop, she realized something wasn’t right. The little one was jumpy and was sniffing the air intensely which prompted Trudy to wake her husband up to see if everything was ok. Trudy’s husband, Greg, soon realized one of the gas pipes in their basement burst and they were having a serious gas leak. They picked up the cat and ran from the house. Later on, they were informed by the firefighters that the house would have explode in 10 minutes if they hadn’t call it in on time, thanks to the kitten’s warning. Schnautzie was awarded Purple Paw award from the Montana Great Falls Animal Foundation for saving her owners.
7. Golden Retriever Saves Boy from Cougar
That day started as usual for a 11-year-old boy from Canada. He went to his backyard with his best friend, Golden Retriever named Angel to get some firewood. While collecting firewood, he noticed something that wasn’t as usual – Angel was acting weirdly, sniffing the air and letting out low growls. Before he managed to turn around, he was pounced by a cougar. While cougar was still in mid-flight, Angel ran in front of the boy, absorbing the hit and then started the desperate fight to defend his 11 years old buddy. Luckily, there was a police constable nearby who shot the cougar few minutes into the fight and saved little boy and his dog. Aftermath of that conflict for two friends was pretty amazing, considering what they had gone through. The boy was unharmed while Angel had several pretty deep injuries and bite marks. Veterinarian who took care of him said that it was perfect timing for policeman to show up, because otherwise cougar would make quick work of Angel.
8. Golden Retriever Saves Woman from Choking
45-year-old Debbie from Maryland was sitting in her home one evening, snacking on an apple and watching TV while her faithful Golden Retriever Toby was sitting next to her and keeping her company. Suddenly, a piece of apple got stuck in Debbie’s windpipe and she started panicking and choking, falling to the floor. Out of nowhere, Toby did something truly amazing – he started pouncing on her, thus performing some kind of doggie Heimlich technique. It actually worked and Debbie survived what would surely prove to be a fatal situation.
9. Rabbit Saves Man from Diabetic Coma
Simon Stegall fell in potentially fatal diabetic coma during his sleep. When his wife came home from work, she ignored it, thinking he was just taking a nap after a long day at work. The only one who noticed something was off was his pet rabbit named Lili. She quickly jumped on him and started licking him. After he didn’t wake up, his wife realized something was wrong and called for help. Medics who revived Mr. Simon said that timing was crucial, and if she had called them just few minutes later, they wouldn’t have been able to do anything.
10. Dolphin Saves Teenager from Drowning
In south Italy, a dolphin Filippo was a well-known attraction, but after this ‘mishap’ he became a true hero. A 14-year-old Davide Ceci was with his family on the boat when he accidentally fell into the sea. The worst thing was that Davide couldn’t swim. His parents didn’t even notice that he fell off the boat, but Filippo the dolphin was already there, pushing Davide up to safety. When the parents finally noticed their son was missing, and the boy and the dolphin were close enough to the boat, Davide’s father grabbed him and pulled him out of the water.
11. Mare Saves Woman from Getting Killed by Cow
Did you know that more people get killed by cows than by sharks in the world annually? Similar thing almost happened to Fiona Boyd who recklessly tried to approach a calf, and was perceived as threat by its mother. Fiona would have gotten trampled in the matter of seconds when 1100 lbs animal charged her if it wasn’t for her mare named Carry who rushed in between them and gave Fiona enough time to slip under the fence.
12. Dog Saves Child from Snake
Even though it’s not that common to find a snake in your garden, it happens from time to time, and you can never know when it will happen, so that you can protect yourself and your family. Luckily, the Sparks family had a savior dog Arf, who was barking hysterically, apparently for no reason, which made a grandma take her 2-year-old grandson inside. After the child’s mother went out to see what was happening and why Arf was barking so hard, she found him in a fight with 24 inch long Northamerican coral snake. In panic, she shot the snake, but Arf had a hard time. He was all in bites, and the sources don’t say whether he recovered or not.
13. Watusi Calf Saves Woman from Snake
Not only dogs save their owners from snakes. There is a case of Watusi Calf that saved a woman, Janice Wolf from copper-head snake. Even though copper-head snake’s venom is not always fatal to adults, this calf stood on the Janice’s path, forbidding her to pass. At first, she didn’t understand the reason for such a behavior, but after she tried to move the calf and failed, she realized that she would have stepped right on the snake.
14. Gorilla Saves Child
It was a frightening day in the Broofield Zoo in Illinois when a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. The 18-foot drop left boy unconscious and spectators froze in fear when they saw that his scream captured the attention of a gorilla. When gorilla, named Binti Jua approached the boy, pretty amazing thing happened. Instead of doing something horrible, gorilla lifted boy’s head, as if it was trying to ease his pain or make him comfortable. Few moments later, zoo officials managed to get into the enclosure and take the boy from gorilla’s hands without any problem.