When I was little, I remember reading a book about animals saving the lives of humans. I remember that book being super heartwarming, but unfortunately, I lost the book and can't find it anymore. However I do remember some of the stories from it along with a few others. I thought I would share some with you!
Animals are much more amazing than we give them credit for. Here are 10 instances where humans have saved us from certain death.
Winnie the Cat
Winnie the cat was in the presence of her sleeping family when all of a sudden the house filled with poisonous carbon monoxide. Winnie could detect that something was gravely wrong and sprang into action by meowing loudly and scratching her sleeping owner. When her owner finally awoke, she was able to get the rest of the family up and call 911.
Winnie’s owner says that the cat had saved their lives. She believed that the carbon monoxide had come from a broken gas-powered pump in the basement. Officials said that if Winnie has waited slightly longer, her and the family would have fallen to the hands of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Mila the Beluga Whale
A rookie diver was apart of a freediving contest at an aquarium and decided to do so without the proper diving equipment. The 26-year old female swam with whales in chilling, 20 feet deep waters, and when she tried to surface for air, she found that her legs cramped up from the freezing cold waters.
She thought that her life was over and begun to accept her fate until Mila began to push the diver to the surface with one of her legs gripped firmly in the whale’s mouth. Due to the flat teeth in the beluga’s mouth, she was unscaved.
After the incident, she says that Mila saved her life. Officials said that belugas are sensitive animals who have a close relationship with humans.
Kilo the Pit Bull
A couple was returning home from a grocery trip when they heard a knock at the door. The man, dressed in a FedEx delivery suit, said that his scanner was broken and asked if he could come inside for a pen so that he could sign the package.
This then turned into an armed robbery attempt.
Shots were fired, and the couple was scared for their life until their 12-year pit bull Kilo went after the robber and would take a bullet to the head for his owners.
The bullet bounced off of Kilo’s skull and exited down his back. After a few days of veterinary care, he was up and walking again like nothing happened.
Lulu the Potbellied Pig
When Lulu’s owner, JoAnn Altsman, had collapsed to the ground in pain from a heart attack, the pig had rushed out the house and lied in the street to stop oncoming traffic. She tried so hard to get people to help, going back into the house to check on her owner, then lying in the street again to get someone to stop.
Finally after what seemed like an eternity, a driver had pulled over and stopped, following the pig back to the house where they found JoAnn on the floor, and they immediately rushed her to the hospital. If it weren’t for Lulu’s intelligence and bravery, JoAnn would have died from her heart attack.
Buddy the German Shepherd
When Buddy was just an 8-week old puppy, his owner taught him to call 911 when he began experiencing seizure-like symptoms. He would use his teeth to hit a button that automatically called the emergency services.
In 2008, when his owner went into epileptic shock, the dog had used the skills he had learned as a puppy to call 911, and began whimpering into the phone. An ambulance had arrived at the scene to find him unconscious, and he was rushed to the hospital. After a couple of days in ICU, he made a full recovery.
Willie the Parrot
A 2-year old girl would have died if it wasn’t for this magnificent bird.
Megan Howard was watching little Hannah while her parents were out, and had prepared a Pop Tart for the child to eat while she had ran to the bathroom.
While she was in the bathroom, Willie the parrot began screaming and flapping her wings frantically. “Mama! Mama! Baby!” the parrot would say over and over again. SHe had rushed out the bathroom to find the child gasping for air and her face a pale blue, the half-eaten Pop Tart lodged in her throat.
Megan performed the Heimlich maneuver on the kid and saved her from choking, but she credits Willie as the real hero here. He even won Red Cross’s Animal Lifesaver Award for his actions.
Mandy the Goat
An Australian farmer had fallen over a pile of manure and busted his hip. Too injured to get back up, he was alone with his goat for 5 days.
The goat had huddled next to him to keep him warm from the cold of the night, and had even kept him fed with her milk. She stayed with him throughout the ordeal and kept him alive for the time he had spent out there.
Eventually he was found by his friends and received medical attention.
Toby the Golden Retriever
Debby Parker, a 45 year old woman, was eating an apple one day when a piece of it became lodged in her throat. She began choking and gasping for air, and even began trying to do the Heimlich maneuver on herself when she realized it was no use.
That’s when Toby the dog had sprung into action. He got up on his hind legs and pushed Parker onto her back, jumping up and down on her chest to perform some sort of doggy Heimlich maneuver. After a number of attempts, the apple had dislodged from her throat, and he licked her face to keep her from passing out.
She is thankful for her dog, as if he hadn’t did anything, she probably would have died.
Kerry the Horse
A 40 year-old mother of two was alone one day on her family farm when she heard the cries of a distressed calf. She rushed outside and realized that the calf was separated from her mother and couldn't find her among the other cattle.
She moved the calf into a shed with her mother, but as she tried to approach her, the mother heard the calf crying and charged, knocking the woman over and running over her.
As the woman began moving away, she noticed her 15 year old mare kicking at the cow, giving her enough time to crawl under the electric fence.
Ningnong the Elephant
An eight year old from England was on vacation with her mother and stepfather in Thailand. The highlight on the trip was making friends with a four year-old Asian elephant called Ningnong. Little did they know that this elephant would end up saving their life when a tsunami hit in 2004.
When the tsunami hit,he sensed that something was wrong and took off running to the eight year old, and when the wave hit, he stood in front of the little girl as a wave crashed on shore, saving her life.
Animals are absolutely amazing. Do you have any wonderful animals in your life?
Thanks for reading this myTake! <3