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Incredible Stories Of Heroic Animals

Updated on November 7, 2014

Heroic Animals

Many of us have a lifelong love of animals. For those of us that own a pet it can be a constant wonder how intelligent and loyal they can be. Many heroic animals especially dogs have featured in fictional movies, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Old Yeller for example but what about the real life animal heroes. Here are some incredible true life tales of the bravery and intelligence of mans best friend and other animals.


Ivan Saul was 4 year old boy living in a humble wooden shack in Mexico, one evening the shack caught fire, Rosco the family dog barked non stop until he was able to wake little Ivan from his deep sleep, enabling him to get out of the burning building unharmed. Rosco suffered 30% burns on his body but thankfully survived.


Moko the Dolphin

Along the east coast of New Zealands North Island, Moko the bottlenose dolphin would visit most days and entertain holiday makers who would swim with her, one particular day two pygmy Sperm Whales approached and beached themselves in the shallow water. Rescuers tried to coax the two whales back into deeper water but to no avail and they began to look stressed and in grave danger. Amazingly Moko approached the whales and seemed to communicate with them and lead them safely back into deeper water. Conservation Officer Malcolm Smith told the BBC in 2008, “I don’t speak whale and I don’t speak dolphin,” “but there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin quite willingly and directly along the beach and straight out to sea.”


Scarlett the New York Cat

Scarlett was a homeless calico Cat that lived in a shelter in New York with her four week old kittens, one evening the shelter caught fire and Scarlett was spotted by firemen dragging her brood one by one from the blaze.Scarlett suffered terrible burns but thankfully survived to become a bit of a celebrity. Once this story made the headlines over 1000 offers came in from people willing to adopt Scarlett and her kittens and she appeared on the Sally Jessy Raphael talk show. Happily Scarlett spent her later years in the home of a local woman who loved and pampered her.


Binti Jua

In 1996 Binti Jua an 8 year old Western Lowland Gorilla showed amazing maternal instincts when a 3 year old boy fell into the Gorilla enclosure at Brookfield Zoo Illinois. The young boy had wandered away from parents and climbed a wall before falling 18 feet into the enclosure. Binti Jua while also carrying her own youngster on her back, cradled the boy and carried him gently towards an exit where zoo and medical staff could reach him, water was sprayed at the other occupants to keep them away, the boy who was believed to be in a critical condition at the time made a full recovery.

Lulu The Pot Bellied Pig

When Joann Altsman suffered a heart attack she was saved by the intelligent actions of her daughters pet Pot Bellied Pig Lulu. While Joann lay in pain on the floor Lulu ran to the nearest road, she persisted in lying in the road trying to persuade a driver to stop and follow her. Lulu kept returning to Joanne as if checking she was okay before going back to the road again. Eventually a driver was persuaded to stop and followed Lulu to Joann ,help was called and Joann was immediately rushed to hospital.

Brutus and Zoey

In 2004 7 year old Golden Retriever Brutus spotted a deadly coral snake slithering very close to a young child, bravely Brutus snatched up the snake suffering a near deadly bite in the process, happily Bruno survived the bite and was awarded the National Hero Dog award in Los Angeles.

A much smaller character but proving to be just as brave was Zoey a Chihuahua from Colorado, when a rattlesnake neared a one year old child Zoey attacked the snake receiving a bite above her eye, the snake was killed by Zoeys owner and the dog made a full recovery from her ordeal.

Rottweiler Causes Laugh Attack

Eve the Rottweiler

Kathie Vaughn who is paralyzed from the waist down swerved off the road after something exploded under the hood of her vehicle. After bringing the vehicle to a halt smoke began to rise from the engine bay. Vaughn opened her door and ordered her dog Eve, a 104 pound Rottweiler, from the van as she tried to put her wheelchair together. Eve soon returned, grabbed her owner's disabled leg, and dragged Kathie from the stricken vehicle. Kathie lost consciousness but was soon awakened by a loud explosion as her vehicle blew up. Eve had dragged Kathie 20ft just far enough to be away from the danger.

Hero Beluga Whale Mila Saves Diver

Taking part in a diving competition where the object was to stay under water for as long time as possible without breathing equipment , diver Yang Yun came to the horrifying discovery that her legs were paralyzed in the cold water. The tank in China's Polar Land in Harbin housed Beluga Whales and it was Mila the Beluga that realized that Yang was in some trouble. Taking Yangs leg in her mouth Mila guided Yang back to the surface, saving her life.

Mila saves Yang Yun
Mila saves Yang Yun


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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Really incredible but what a delight to read! While many of us roundly kill them especially those endangered species. Little do we know that they are also intelligent and compassionate. Up and awesome. :)

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment tsadjatko had not seen that one before, Geekdom i think the one you are on about is a Gorilla called Jambo that event happened in Jersey Zoo i think but you are right he did protect the boy from the other Gorillas, cheers mate

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      Geekdom 4 years ago

      Great Hub. As an animal lover, I prefer reading stories like this over When Animals Attack. It is wonderful reading about the kindness in nature.

      I think I remember the Binti Jua story. Wasn't she also physically protecting the boy from the other apes as they attempted to approach? Or is that a different story?

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      TSAD 4 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Great hub! But you forgot about heroic turtles

      Up and awesome!

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      nuffsaidstan 4 years ago

      Thanks Kathryn

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Those were beautiful stories of heroic animals. It is so touching to hear them. Thanks for sharing with us.

      I'm going to share this. Everyone needs to read a feel-good article once in a while!