Animals are amazing creatures. There is a reason why many humans can smile at and comfortably fall in love with animals whether by just watching and learning about them, or even going as far as to help and get to know them. Some animals go to the lengths of being even more than just a friend or companion; these animals are lifesavers.
In this post, we tell the stories of ten non-domestic animals who have gone to the lengths of saving completely random strangers, just out of the kindness of their heart.
Also, just as a side note, there are always heroic animals out there, even if the moment hasn’t been written down and reported for all to see and know of, there are animal heroes every day. Whether they’re service or therapy friends, or if they’re just motherly animals that are taking care of an abandoned life. Animals are amazing creatures that can do amazing things, enjoy:
The Lion Guardians:
Seven men with marriage in mind abducted a young, twelve-year-old Ethiopian girl on her way home from school one afternoon. She was missing from her town for a week, and no one knew how they would be able to find her. Luckily, she was able to be found and return home, thanks to the help of three lions. The lions came to the girl’s aid, researchers explaining that they were drawn in by the girl’s screams, which resembled a lion cub’s cry, and chased off the abductors, even standing guard by her after the men escaped. The lions even then continued to stand with her until the police came to her rescue, the three then retreating back into the forest.
Pod of Dolphins Protect Lifeguard and Family From Shark Attack:
In late 2004, lifeguard Rob Howes and his family were out swimming at Ocean Beach, near Whangarei, New Zealand, when seven bottlenose dolphins approached and herded them together.
“They were behaving really weird,” Howes recalled, “turning tight circles on us, and slapping the water with their tails.” He and his daughter’s friend Helen had drifted about twenty meters away from his daughter and another friend before a dolphin swam straight at them and dived back down into the water before them. “I turned in the water to see where it was going to come up,” Howes went on, “but instead I saw this great big grey fish (later revealed to be a great white shark) swim around me. It glided in an arc and headed for the other two girls. My heart went into my mouth because one of them was my daughter. The dolphins were going ballistic.”
The dolphins then herded the swimmers together and circled protectively around them for another forty minutes, fending off the shark.
Family Of beavers:
Rheal Guindon was out on a camping trip in Ontario Canada. As his parents went to take their boat to go fishing, Rheal decided to just stay on the shore. Tragically, as he sat on the shore, he witnessed the death of his parents as their boat tipped over, and both of them drowned. Rheal, in shock and despair, wanted to find help but realized the sun was already going down, and he wouldn’t have been able to see anything. So instead, he just curled up on the ground to try and just sleep. As he laid there, he felt something small, warm, and furry push up against him, Rheal just assumed it was a dog, and went to sleep anyway, panic-stricken and traumatized. The next morning, as he thankfully awoke after the below zero temperature, he quickly came to realize, what had cuddled up with him that night and kept him warm, was a family of three beavers.
Sea Lion Saves Man Who Jumped Off Golden Gate Bridge:
California resident Kevin Hines knows that he is lucky to be alive after jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, during a severe bout of mental illness: “Here are the facts: on September 25th, 2000, due to bipolar disorder and serious psychosis, I jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was nineteen years old and after leaving the Bridge, my first thought was that I had made a terrible mistake. Miraculously, I survived – and despite my severe injuries, I was able to reach the surface of the water. Upon my resurfacing, I bobbed up and down in the frigid waters surrounding me. Then, something brushed by my legs. I feared it was a shark come to devour me whole. I tried to punch it thinking it might bite me. However, this marine animal just circled beneath me, bumping me up.”
A passerby, who saw that the animal in question was a sea lion, quickly called for help. A rescue team was able to get to Kevin on time and pull him from the water, but it is doubtful that he would still be alive today had the helpful sea lion not kept his head above water.
Binti Saves A Boy:
At the Brookfield Zoo, a 3-year-old boy fell into a gorilla exhibit and completely lost consciousness. As the crowd panicked, the gorillas also all began to notice the child. One gorilla, however, named Binti Jua, acted fast and ran over to the child. She grabbed him up and guarded him against all the others that looked onto the two before taking him to the side of the enclosure, where the workers were standing in preparation to rescue him.
Deer Chases Away Woman’s Attacker:
In February 2012, a woman was walking through Oxford, Ohio, when a man dragged her behind a building and tried to choke her with her purse straps. He was seemingly intent on robbing her – if not worse – but these plans were foiled by a heroic deer, who ran out from underneath a nearby bush and scared him off! Sergeant Jon Varley, who assisted the woman after the attack, said he couldn’t “recall a similar incident” during his seventeen-year long career.
The woman suffered red marks and bruises but did not require any hospital treatment. She also did not lose any of her belongings … thanks to the quick-thinking actions of that unknown deer.
Filippo the Lifesaver:
In South-East Italy, 14-year-old Davide Cece and his family were taking a ride on his father’s boat when suddenly, Davide fell off and into the ocean. The worst part about this is that Davide didn’t know how to swim, so when he fell off, all he could do was panic and splash. Just as possible drowning was upon him, suddenly he was being lifted, the lifter being a dolphin that had noticed him. This dolphin was named Filippo, a popular tourist attraction, and he continued pushing Davide up to the boat, getting him high enough to where his father could reach him and pull him back onto the deck. The family was shocked, yet extremely grateful, that Filippo would do such a thing to help a human life.
Elephant Saves Girl From Tsunami:
During the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, an 8-year-old girl named Amber Mason was kept from drowning and was sheltered from the waves by an elephant. As the initial wave struck, the elephant took Amber on its back and ran for higher ground. It also created a protective wall around Amber by turning its back to the wave.
The girl’s family credit the elephant with saving her life, as she would have been separated from them and drowned otherwise.
Bear Saves Man From Mountain Lion Attack:
69-year-old Robert Biggs, from Paradise, California, had been watching a mother bear and her cubs from a safe distance, when he was attacked from behind by a mountain lion, which pounced on his back. Biggs was trying to fight the big cat off with a rock hammer, when suddenly, the mother bear came from out of nowhere and ripped the cat from Biggs’s back, flinging it around by the neck.
After a 15-second clash, the mountain lion ran off, and the bear went back to caring for her young. Biggs walked away with only superficial abrasions, thanks to the mother bear
A Giant Sea Turtle Swam a Woman to Safety on its Back:
In June of 1974, a 62-year-old woman named Candalaria Villanueva was shipwrecked and rescued by a giant sea turtle. The Philippine Navy published an official account, and the ship that pulled Mrs. Villanueva from the water witnessed that she was, essentially, “aboard” a sea turtle prior to and during their rescue of her. When initially stranded at sea, the woman saw the turtle approach, and she grabbed its shell.
The turtle then swam for two days, never diving for food – it went hungry in order to save her. The crew of the rescuing ship thought she was clinging to an oil drum, until they witnessed the object circle three times after Villanueva was being hauled aboard, then dive down into the depths.
Maternal Instincts Know No Bounds:
A newborn baby was abandoned in a forest without food or water. The poor child had an infected umbilical cord that was still attached when a mother dog found her.
This amazing dog carried the little girl to her litter of puppies, protecting her and keeping her warm. Amazingly, the baby survived and is in good health thanks to this brave mama.