How many times have you turned on the news and heard a heartrending story about how an animal was saved by some caring individual? Well, how about an ANIMAL saving a HUMAN? Well amazingly it has happened and as these twelve stories prove, the animal-human bond can never be broken.
Oreo the Cat Saved Family From House Fire
Dianne Busscher was awakened at 4:45 am by the scary screeches of her black-and white cat, Oreo. Dianne followed Oreo to the garage, where flames and smoke were engulfing the family station wagon. Dianne, with Oreo now held tight in her arms, managed to wake up her husband and their five children and lead them to safety. The fire destroyed the garage and a bedroom. None of the family was harmed thanks to the cat’s cries. As an interesting side note, none of the family had been too fond of the cat before this incident; however, Jesse Busscher claimed “We love it now. This thing is getting some tuna tonight!”
Dolphin Saved Teenager From Drowning
Back in 2000, non-swimmer Davide Ceci, 14, was within minutes of death when dolphin Filippo came to his rescue. The friendly creature was a popular tourist attraction off Manfredonia in south-east Italy for two years. But he became a local hero after saving Davide from the Adriatic when he fell from his father’s boat. While Emanuele Ceci was still unaware his son had fallen into the waves, Filippo was pushing him up out of the water to safety.
Davide said: “When I realised it was Filippo pushing me, I grabbed on to him.” The dolphin bore down on the boat and got close enough for Davide’s father to grab his gasping son. Davide’s mother Signora Ceci said: “It is a hero, it seems impossible an animal could have done something like that, to feel the instinct to save a human life.” Filippo has lived in the waters off Manfredonia since he became separated from a visiting school of dolphins. Maritime researcher Dr Giovanna Barbieri said: “Filippo seems not to have the slightest fear of humans. I’m not surprised he should have done such a wonderful thing as to save a human.”
Penny the Dog Saves Woman From River
Brenda Owen had gone out for a quick walk with her dog when she spotted a wheelchair on the riverbank; she saw a woman floating in the river. She called out to her but there was no reply so she told her dog, Penny, to “Fetch! Fetch!” without hesitation the dog ran into the river, swam to the woman and pulled her to the shore. Brenda said that Penny has always been a very obedient dog and despite being ten-years old she was still very fit.
Arf the Dog Saves Boy From Snake
The grandmother of a two-year old child who was playing in the garden, noticed that her dog Arf was becoming extremely agitated and began worrying for her grandson’s safety. After taking the child inside, the grandmother went to see what her dog was fussing about only to find Arf locked in mortal combat with a deadly coral snake! The grandmother was able to shoot and kill the snake and Arf was admitted to a veterinary hospital with numerous snake bites.
Watusi Calf Saves Woman From Snake
Janice Wolf, a cattle rancher, was in the back pasture of the refuge she operates in Arkansas when her eleven-month old Watusu calf suddenly turned and blocked her path. She couldn’t understand why it was doing this, so she took hold of its horns and tried pushing it, but it tossed its head and knocked her off balance. That’s when she spotted a copper-head snake on the ground exactly where her foot would have been had the Watusi calf not intervened. Copper-head venom usually isn’t fatal to adults however, it could well have been fatal to Janice because she had been extra sensitive to insect bites in the past and had just come out of the hospital for a lung operation.
Dolphins Save Surfer From Shark
Surfer Todd Endris needed a miracle. The shark, estimated at twelve to fifteen feet long, hit him first as Endris was sitting on his surfboard, but couldn’t get its monster jaws around both surfer and surfboard. “The second time, he came down and clamped on my torso — sandwiched my board and my torso in his mouth,” Endris said. That attack shredded his back, literally peeling the skin back, he said, “like a banana peel.” But because Endris’ stomach was pressed to the surfboard, his intestines and internal organs were protected. The third time, the shark tried to swallow Endris’ right leg, and he said that was actually a good thing, because the shark’s grip anchored him while he kicked the beast in the head and snout with his left leg until it let go. The dolphins, which had been cavorting in the surf all along, showed up then. They circled him, keeping the shark at bay, and enabled Endris to get back on his board and catch a wave to the shore where quick first aid provided by a friend saved his life.
LuLu the Pig Saves Woman After Heart Attack
Gorilla Saves Boy From Being Attacked
Target the Dog Saves Fifty Soldiers From Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan
Target, was a stray dog in Afghanistan who befriended soldiers and was hailed as a hero after she chased away a suicide bomber who tried to blow up a military base last February. The suicide bomber had sneaked onto the base and was headed toward a barracks that housed nearly fifty soldiers when Target and two other dogs attacked him. The bomber eventually detonated himself, killing one of the dogs and severely injuring Target and another dog, Rufus. Five of the soldiers were injured, but survivors said that dozens of others would have been killed had the dogs not stopped the bomber. After they were nursed back to health, Target and Rufus were essentially adopted by the soldiers at the base and “treated like royalty.” Target even made it to the Oprah show. Sadly however, Target’s story does not have a happy ending. Though she was brought back to the U.S .and adopted by Sgt. Terry Young, Target was brought to a shelter after she slipped out of Young’s backyard and there she was accidentally euthanized.
Goat Feeds Farmer Milk, Keeps Him Warm for 5 Days
Horse Protects Owner From a Raging Cow
Elephant Saves a Girl From 2004 Tsunami