Many people help animals. Someone rescues a freezing puppy or kitten who is alone in the street. Others are enrolled in Greenpeace to participate in endangered species advocacy. But sometimes situations arise when a person finds himself in a helpless state, and then our smaller brothers come to the rescue.
Cases of rescuing people with pets
Rubini - this dog is a true professional in helping people. She has been serving in the Rhode Island Police for 6 years and has counted several dozen saved lives. For example, in October 2018, Roubini was able to find four teenagers who got lost in the forest (who had previously tried unsuccessfully to find without involving a search dog for more than 5 days). For this feat, the four-legged heroine was awarded the Herodogawards medal.
Roubini - this dog from the USA was able to find more than 80 missing people (most of them are children)
In war, not only people, but also dogs show themselves to be courageous. An example of this is the Sheepdog Laika. Her main specialization is the search for explosives. In May 2012, she was ambushed with a group of sappers in Afghanistan. Terrorists began shelling the soldiers, but the dog took fire on himself. After receiving 4 wounds from the AK-47, she was still able to get to the criminals and distract them, giving her people a chance to get to the bandits and neutralize them. Laika survived (although she had to amputate one paw).
In 2012, Laika was awarded the Medal of Courage for her feat.
Not only dogs save people - there are representatives of the cat family among real heroes:
- In 2007, an American Peter Chase was sitting with a laptop on the porch of his house. A disabled man is confined to a wheelchair. Hooligans passed by and, seeing a helpless man, decided to rob him (they hit him in the face and began to take away equipment). But suddenly, a cat cat named Chosi attacked the robbers. The little daredevil prettyly scratched and bit the offenders who were forced to shamefully flee. By the way, following the traces left by the cat, these criminals were later able to find and arrest.
- In 2013, all of Germany was proud of the cat that saved the child. Mother left the baby under the bushes of the park (and it was winter). If it weren’t for the beast, the newborn just froze to death - the cat clung to the child all night, and in the morning raised a heart-rending cry, being able to attract the attention of passers-by.
- In the UK in 2016, a cat nicknamed Sloley managed to warm a baby whom the monster parents dumped in a dump in a box.
There are many cases when cats saved their owners from fire:
- Persian cat from the village of Koryakovo (Russia, Yaroslavl region),
- Siamese cat Simba from New Zealand,
- Angora cat Timosha from Lebedin (Russia, Sumy region).
These animals managed to warn people sleeping in the house about the fire that had begun. You might think that they started jumping at the owners and screaming out of fear, but any zoopsychologist will confirm that in such a situation it is natural for cats to try to hide or leave the building as quickly as possible, but not to make noise in moments of danger.
Photo Gallery: Other Hero Pets
- Frida is a Labrador with 68 saved lives (she is looking for people under the rubble)
- An 8-month-old puppy saved Charlie Riley from death under the wheels of a truck - the dog pushed the boy out of the way, after which he himself was knocked down
- A stray dog attacked five-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo during a walk and grabbed his stomach, but the cat Tara drove the dog away and thereby saved the boy
- A dog named Sandy saved her master from two polar bears
- A dog named Max caught three bullets when he was saving his master from the attack of two armed bandits
Wildlife Rescue Cases
Chinese girl diver Yang Yun participated in a competition off the northeast coast of China. Suddenly, at great depths, she brought both legs together, and the athlete began to sink. She tried to emerge, but was unable to move in pain. Help came from an unexpected side - a whale (a kind of dolphin) swam up to Jan and pushed the girl to the surface, after which she calmly sailed away.
Another case of dolphin heroism occurred in August 2007. Todd Andris rode a surf off the coast of California when a shark attacked him. The predator, fortunately, did not begin to kill the guy (probably she was full), but, biting her leg, swam to the depths. But the injury was very serious - the man was not able to swim himself. Three dolphins rescued him, who were nearby. They pushed the muzzle of the board, which Tod could grab onto the shore.
Dolphins are herd animals with a very strong mutual instinct
In 1996, a terrible tragedy could have happened in the Brooklyn Zoo - a three-year-old child squeezed through the fence and ended up in a cage with gorillas. These primates are not very calm disposition and could easily tear the baby. But one monkey took him under guardianship - furiously drove away other animals from the boy, while the zoo rangers rushed to the rescue.
Remember the book about Mowgli? There are similar examples in life when animals not only saved children, but also took them to their family, trying to educate and protect along with their cubs. Here are some examples:
- In Nigeria, parents abandoned their son Bello in the jungle (they justified their action by the fact that they could not feed the child). The baby was picked up by chimpanzees, the boy lived with animals for almost a year and a half until people found him.
- At the age of five, Traian Caldarar got lost in the forests of Transylvania. A year passed, everyone considered the boy dead, but suddenly he was found in a pack of wild dogs. As it turned out, the female took patronage of the child, who had previously lost her puppies.
- Indian boy Dina Sanichar lived in a wolf hole with a she-wolf and her 5 wolf cubs, eating raw meat and moving only on all fours.
The Indian Dean Sanichar saved and took custody of a wolf as a child
The story of Marina Chapman shows that people are much more dangerous than animals. In 1954, four-year-old girl was kidnapped by bandits and left to die in the jungle of South America. The girl was supposed to die, but the capuchin monkeys picked her up and left. Together with primates, the baby lived for 5 years, but then she was discovered by a local hunter and sold to a Bogota brothel, where the girl was forcibly kept up to 17 years. Marina managed to escape. She now lives in the UK.
A few years ago, her autobiography “A Girl Without a Name” was published, where she writes that life with monkeys was one of the calmest periods - at that time at least someone really cared about her.
Marina Chapman is now a successful woman, but in childhood she had to suffer a lot from people, she survived only thanks to monkeys
How do zoologists explain animal behavior?
There are many cases of helping animals with humans, but why do they do it, what guides them? Zoologists believe that the reason is herd instinct. For pets, a person is part of his family, so they take the protection of their leader as a matter of course. But what about the wild beasts that rarely see people? The instinct of mutual assistance works for them: in nature it often happens that representatives of different groups can come together to repel the aggressor’s attack. For example, small songbirds belonging to different species rally and together drive a large hawk.
There are other explanations for helping people with animals. For example, a recently born female has such a strong maternal instinct that she can take custody of any defenseless creature. This explains why animals save small children, protecting and warming them.
Video: incredible cases of saving people with animals
Animals are driven by instincts. And sometimes these instincts tell them to take care of people who find themselves in a difficult situation. There are many stories of human salvation by both domestic and wild animals. And there are even cases when animals turn out to be much more humane than us.