A labrador dog in Mexico is being heralded a hero after helping save the life of a 14 year-boy who was lost in a harsh desert for nearly two days.
Juan Heriberto Treviño was attending a summer camp in the range of Mexico Sierra Madre Oriental when he was sent to collect firewood. While looking around the mountainous terrain, he slipped and fell into a ravine. Young boy realized he was lost, but he was not alone on his journey. A Labrador named Max, who had been wandering summer camp, joined the child to fetch firewood and refused to leave his side after it fell into the ravine.
The area is quite high on a mountain and can get very cold at night. Trevino said he hugged the dog for warmth and Max on his legs covered in colder temperatures. After 44 hours, the couple was discovered by a search party and rescued .
We are always so surprised when we hear stories about the animal altruism, but these stories are actually quite common. Perhaps what we found movingly about the animals out of their way to help people it is that it confirms that they are like us in our ability to empathize with other living beings. It is confirmed that the emotional ties we feel the animals are not a one-way street.
Here are five other amazing stories of animals that have empathy for human beings, and does everything possible to help.
Dolphins save people
Todd Endris, a surfer of Monterey, California. was in a lot of trouble. The 28-year-old was being stalked by a great white shark again in late August 2007. The shark Endris initially hit, but on the next pass subjected him and the surfboard in the mouth, serious injury to him.The third time the shark made a pass grabbed the leg Endris’ and bit the bone.
That was when some bottlenose dolphins nearby decided they would intervene. The group of dolphins in Endris circles and provides a protective barrier between him and the shark, which allows the surfer to get back on your board and ride a wave to shore. Although he lost half of his blood, he recovered completely and turned to surf in six weeks.
This is not the first time dolphins have been reported to help humans . In fact, the oldest known stories of dolphins helping people back to ancient Greece. The stories were passed dolphin rescue swimmers from sharks, saving them from drowning or help guide them back to earth.
gorillas save children
Recently Cincinnati Zoo he made headlines when a 4-year-old fell into the gorilla enclosure. The boy was dragged by a gorilla 17-year-old named Harambe weighing 400 pounds. Zoo officials had to make the difficult decision to shoot Harambe as tranquilizers believed would not take effect quickly enough to protect the child.
Such situations have occurred previously, only with better results. In 1986, in a zoo on the island of Jersey, the 5-year-old fell into a gorilla enclosure and was knocked unconscious. A gorilla 25-year-old named Jambo protected the child to get between him and the other gorillas and then taking what experts call a defensive position. Jambo finally led away from the other gorillas 5-years old, allowing for rescue paramedics.
A similar incident occurred in a zoo in 1996, only this time it was a 3-year-old boy who fell 18 feet in a gorilla enclosure. The child was protected by 8-year-old gorilla Binti Jua.
bellied pig saves woman heart attack
In 1998, Jo Ann Altsman of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania suffered a stroke heart alone at home while her husband being away on a fishing trip. While the family dog barked urgently, the family pet – Lulu the potbellied pig – must have known that there was still much to be done. Lulu managed to escape the yard, but in doing so, ended up cut and bleeding as he was making his way out of the property.
Lulu then ran in the middle of the road and fixed. When a car stopped, the driver realized the wounds of Lulu and feeling the pig was in danger, he followed her as she went to where it was Jo Ann. To find the woman, the driver asked for help and Jo Ann was rescued and eventually able to receive open-heart surgery that saved his life. As for Lulu, who received a special award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of its efforts and became a celebrity.
elephant helps girl survived tsunami
In 2004, 8 years old, amber Mason was on a family vacation in Phuket, Thailand, when a friend of became elephant called Ningnong, which was owned by a local fisherman. On December 26, 2004, a large tsunami hit while riding on Ningnong amber. When the wave hit, Ningnog ran to higher ground with the girl still on his back. As the waves continue to affect, Ningnong turned away from the water and a protective shield around amber was formed. Eventually he was able to ride amber Ningnong back to their parents and rescue.
While these stories may represent some of the most dramatic stories animal altruism, which are only a small fraction of times such things have occurred. There seems to be a lot of evidence showing animals have much capacity to empathize with us as we do with them.
– Ian Carey