5. The Dog who saved its owner with the Heimlich Maneuver
When Debbie Parkhurst, 45, was home alone and choked on an apple, Parkhurst said she then began beating her chest, an action that might have attracted Toby’s attention. Toby’s jumping apparently managed to dislodge the apple from Parkhurst’s windpipe. “As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” she said.
4. The Chihuahua who saved a baby from a rattlesnake
Booker West, a 1-year-old boy was splashing his hands in a birdbath in his grandparents’ northern Colorado backyard when a snake slithered up to the toddler, rattled and struck. Five-pound Zoey jumped in the way and took the bites.
3. The pig who saved its owner after a heart attack
Jo Ann Altsman suffered a heart attack while vacationing in the north woods of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania, USA. LuLu, a housebroken Vietnamese Pot-Bellied pig came to Jo Ann’s aid. LuLu took one look at Jo Ann and after ‘crying’ for a moment, she managed to push open the gate to get to a nearby road. Witnesses reported that LuLu would wait until a car approached, then calmly walk out into the road and lay down in front of the oncoming vehicle. When a driver failed to stop, LuLu would return to Jo Ann to check on her, and then leave again to try and summon help. After about forty-five minutes the determined pig finally managed to persuade a young motorist to stop and follow her to the Altsman’s mobile home. The man telephoned the emergency services and paramedics quickly arrived.
2. The Dolphins who saved a fisherman
Ronnie Dabal was fishing for tuna in the choppy waters of Puerto Princesa Bay when a squall came upon him and turned his boat upside down. After battling with punishing waves for the next 24 hours on top of a piece of styropor, Dabal was losing his strength as darkness was coming. From out of nowhere, a pod of around 30 dolphins and a pair of whales came and started to flank him on both sides. The dolphins started alternately to nudge his tiny life raft using their pectoral fins towards the direction of land. Dabal said he passed out while the dolphins were doing their slow chore of nudging him to shore, and woke up on the beach of Barangay where he was finally assisted by local residents there.
1. The Stray dog who saved an abandoned baby
In Nairobi, Kenya, a stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby girl after finding the abandoned infant in a forest. The dog apparently took the baby across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies.