Furry and feathered friends are more than just loving companions. Some of these pets save human lives. Whether you have a service dog or a beloved family pet, take heart in these stories where animals came through to save the lives of humans. A few of these examples aren’t even pets, which makes it even more remarkable!
JAMBO THE GORILLA


Jambo, a gorilla who lived at the Jersey Zoo in the United Kingdom, protected a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla’s enclosure and was knocked unconscious. The animal protected the boy from the other gorillas and gently stroked the boy until he regained consciousness.

CAT HOUSE FIRE


Bagheera, a family cat living in Pineville, Louisiana, alerted the Ruiz family to a fire in family’s mobile home. Patty Ruiz, the mom, awoke to Bagheera clawing at her head. Within minutes, the house burned down. Unfortunately, the cat was never found after the incident. The cat’s actions saved Ruiz and two of her daughters.

LULU THE PIG


Lulu the Pig lives on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. Her owner’s mother visited once, and the mother had a heart attack outside with no one else around to see what happened. After 45 minutes of running into traffic along the rural road to try to get traffic to stop, Lulu managed to get one young motorist to see what was going on. The driver called 9-1-1 and authorities arrived to rush the woman to the hospital.


MILA THE BELUGA WHALE


At a diving competition in China, Yang Yun tried to hold her breath for as long as possible. When she started to struggle, she couldn’t move her legs to swim to the surface for air. That’s when Mila, a beluga whale, grabbed Yang’s legs and pushed her to the surface so she could breathe. The whale most definitely saved the young woman’s life.


HERO CAT


In Bakersfield, California, a vicious dog attacked a young boy riding a bicycle in his driveway. The family cat ran at the dog full speed and forced the dog to run off. The boy’s leg needed some stitches, but it could have been much worse.

GERMAN SHEPHERD TAKES SNAKE BITES


A German shepherd in Florida took three bites of a rattlesnake as it protected its 7-year-old owner in the young girl’s backyard. The family adopted the dog just two months before the incident.
WILLIE THE PARROT



WILLIE THE PARROT STARTED SQUAWKING WILDLY WHEN HE NOTICED HIS 2-YEAR-OLD OWNER, HANNAH, CHOKING. HANNAH’S BABYSITTER, MEGAN, WAS IN THE BATHROOM AND DIDN’T SEE WHAT HAPPENED. SHE HEARD WILLIE’S CRIES OF “MAMA BABY” AND THEN SAW HANNAH CHOKING.




JEDI THE DOG



A CLEVER SERVICE DOG NAMED JEDI ALERTED LUKE NUTALL’S MOM THAT THE BOY’S BLOOD SUGAR WAS DANGEROUSLY LOW. AS A KID WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES, JEDI HELPS MONITOR LUKE’S CONDITION. IF ANYTHING SEEMS AMISS, JEDI ALERTS THE NEAREST ADULT TO GET HELP. JEDI SAVED LUKE THAT NIGHT WHEN HIS BLOOD SUGAR DROPPED TO UNSAFE LEVELS.



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