Weird Nature Surprising Animal Heroes Who Changed Human Lives  

Ashley Reign
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When most people think of animal heroes, chances are they are envisioning a rescue dog like Lassie. Though there are doubtless scores of brave pooches and even cats out there who have proven their species' valor without a doubt time and time again, you may be surprised at how many heroic animals have stepped forth from more unexpected parts of the animal kingdom, as well. Here you’ll find a collection of heroic tales featuring unexpected animal heroes that range from potbellied pigs to gorillas to parrots.
 
Though dogs are proverbially considered man's best friend, the following stories may lead you to reconsider just how deep a bond it’s possible to form with less likely members of the animal kingdom. Here you’ll find the tale of a pigeon that proved to be a bigger badass than a whole human motorcycle gang combined. You’ll also get to know a rat who has figured out how to diagnose more life-threatening illnesses in 20 minutes than his human lab partners can in four days.

So come on in and prepare your heart for a little melting. Who knows? Sometimes maybe it takes an animal to restore your faith in humanity. 
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Bhoori the Swimming Cow Comes to a Grandmother's Rescue


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During the massive floods that swept through her hometown in Pakistan, 70 year-old grandmother Zainab Bibi was swept away from her home. As she attempted to fight the floodwaters, Ms. Bibi suddenly looked over to find the family cow Bhoori, swimming through the currents beside her. Bhoori allowed the grandmother of 16 to cling to her neck as she navigated the flood and eventually led them both to safety. 




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Lulu the Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pig Proves to Be the Ultimate Life Alert


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A Vietnamese pot-bellied pig may not be everybody's first choice for a pet, but one such creature named Lulu proved that they're definitely not a bad one. When Lulu's owner Jo Ann suffered a heart attack, Lulu ran to a nearby road and positioned herself in the middle of it until a driver stopped, let Lulu lead him to Jo Ann, and called 911.
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Ning Nong the Elephant Saves a Little Girl from Tsunami Tragedy


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When the tsunami of 2004 hit Phuket, Thailand, an eight-year-old named Amber Mason was on vacation with her family, enjoying an elephant ride. Luckily, her elephant Ning Nong sensed something wasn't right and took off away from the ocean with the girl still on his back. Even when the waves caught up to them, he continued to shield the child from the water with his body, keeping her from being swept away and quite possibly saving her life.
 
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Filippo the Dolphin Nails Lifeguard of the Year


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A dolphin named Filippo had already been enjoying a two-year-stint as a popular tourist attraction off the coast of Manfredonia in southeast Italy, when the day arrived that he would be promoted to the status of a local hero. It all started when a 14-year-old boy named Davide Ceci fell off of his father's boat and into the ocean, without anyone realizing what had happened. Though the boy couldn't swim, he was saved from drowning by the timely arrival of Filippo, who pushed him back up towards the boat until his father realized he had fallen and grabbed him.