9 Animals That Saved Human Lives

We have spoken about how dangerous some animals can be and even made a top 10 Deceptively Dangerous Animals, but what about animals that are the opposite? This list is about 10 animals that are true heroes, saving the lives of humans from animals and humankind alike. Some of these are better known than others however we will see some examples of life saving efforts from animals you probably didn’t expect…

Fireman Cat

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Fireman Cat
Fireman Cat

Oreo the cat (not pictured above) saved a family of seven from a house fire that could have killed them all. Dianne Busscher (Oreo’s owner) admits that none of the family were particularity found of Oreo until the incident that saved their lives. Dianne explains that she was awoken by Oreo making noise in the family garage at around 4:45am. After going down to investigate what was wrong with Oreo Dianne realized Oreo have discovered a fire which went on to reduce the garage and one of the bedrooms to ashes. Thanks to Oreo no-one was harmed.

Lifeguard Dog

lifedog 9 Animals That Saved Human Lives
Lifeguard Dog
Lifeguard Dog

Unlike the trained lifeguard dog above, Brenda Owens heroic dog Penny is a real life saver going beyond the call of pet-duty. Brenda was taking 10 year old Penny on a routine walk when she spotted an empty wheelchair by the riverside. Brenda approached the curious wheelchair and looked down the bank only to spot a woman fighting for her life in the river, Brenda immediately told Penny “Fetch!” and heroic Penny dived into the river and dragged the woman to safety.

Dolphin VS Shark

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Dolphin
Dolphin

Its certainly not uncommon to hear about dolphins saving the life of a human and this instance is just one of a number of reports where a dolphin have saved a surfer from being a sharks main course. Todd Edris was out surfing one day with a group of friends when a massive 15 foot shark appeared and attacked Todd. The shark managed to bite Todd and actually pin him to his surfboard but let go as it couldn’t get a proper hold on him. Bearing round on Todd again for the kill, Todd managed to hit the shark repeatably but was losing blood and energy fast from his wounds, it was at this point a pod of dolphins showed up and protected Todd long enough to get back to shore.

Watusi Bodyguard

watusi 9 Animals That Saved Human Lives
Watusi
Watusi

This is an interesting account from Janice Wolf whose life may well have been saved by on of her Watusi Calves. Janice owns a refuge in Arkansas and as normal was out on the fields tending to her cattle. As she was walking along the trail one of her calves abruptly moved in her path blocking her route, Janice wasn’t sure what the calf was trying to achieve so she tried to move the calf by its horns only to be knocked back by the calf. At this point Janice realized the calf had stepped in between her and a coppe