Pig dashes into street for heart attack victim
JoAnn Altsman had a heart attack and collapsed to the ground. Lulu, her daughter’s pot-bellied pig, rushed out of the house, lying down in the street to stop traffic. The pig tried relentlessly to get help, returning to the house to check on JoAnn, only to rush back to the street for help. Finally, one person stopped and followed the determined pig back to the house, where they found Altsman in pain on the floor. She was immediately rushed to a hospital.
Beluga whale saves drowning diver
Diver Yang Yun was part of a competition to hold her breath for as long as possible in a pool of beluga whales in China. The dive was going smoothly until she tried to move her legs and she couldn’t. That’s when Mila, one of the beluga whales, came to her rescue. Sensing something was wrong the animal swam to the drowning diver, took Yun’s leg in her mouth and lifted her to the surface to breathe, saving her life.
92 stranded sailors saved by a dog named Tang
In 1919, a ship called Ethie crashed into rocks, stranding 93 sailors amidst stormy seas. After one of the sailors was swept out to sea, the crew turned to Tang. With a rope in his mouth, the dog leaped into the water. When he reached land, onlookers were amazed to discover that his jaw was still fastened to the rope. All 92 of the remaining sailors were pulled to safety due to Tang’s ceaseless bravery.
Willie the parrot gives the squawk of his life
A 2-year-old named Hannah would have choked to death if it wasn’t for Willie the parrot. “While I was in the bathroom, Willie started screaming like I’d never heard him scream before and he started flapping his wings,” said Megan, the babysitter (pictured here with Willie). “Then he started saying ‘mama baby’ over and over and over again until I came out and looked at Hannah and Hannah’s face was turning blue.” Willie saved the day.
Horse protects owner from a raging cow
Rancher Fiona Boyd was leading a stray calf into a shed when the calf’s enraged mother suddenly charged her, knocked her down and proceeded to stampede over her. “I was absolutely terrified, and remember rolling up into a ball to protect my head from her hooves,” she recalled. That’s when Kerry, who was grazing nearby, immediately leaped to assist her. The horse bucked and kicked at the cow until it moved away, likely saving Boyd from being trampled to death.
Elephant saves a girl from 2004 tsunami
8-year-old Amber Mason was saved by a 4-year-old elephant during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. Just as the wave struck, the elephant took Amber on its back and ran for higher ground. As the wave crashed around them, the elephant even turned its back to the water, creating a protective wall from the impact. “If she had been on the beach on her own or with us on the beach, she would never have lived,” Amber’s mother recalled. “The elephant took the pounding of the wave.”
Thanks to Mother Nature Network.com for these amazing animal stories!