A very brave male dog named Panda risked his own life to stay with Lucy, a female dog who was injured and couldn’t move from a railway track near the village of Tseglovka in Ukraine.
The UK’s Mirror reports on Dec. 27, 2016, that Panda risked death by staying with Lucy for two days. When a train approached, both dogs pressed their heads and bodies to the ground so that the train passed over them.
It is unclear how Lucy got injured. If villagers came too close, Panda would bark to scare them away.
Here’s the heart-stopping video taken by Denis Malafeyev, showing how perilous it was for the dogs:
“It’s such a touching story. I got a phone call from a friend who said that there were two dogs lying on the railway track near Tseglovka village for two days. When we arrived, it turned out that one of the dogs, the female, was injured and couldn’t move. But the male dog was protecting her from us. I saw a train approaching – and felt sick. The male dog heard the sound of the approaching train, came close to the female dog and laid down next to her. Both of them pushed their heads towards the ground, and let the train pass. The male dog was doing this for two days in a row. I don’t know what to call this: instinct, love, friendship, loyalty? One thing I know for sure, not all the people would do the same as this.”
Happily, Malafeyev reported later that the dogs had been removed from the track: “Just to relieve the stress, the dogs are safe and sound. They have had medical assistance.”
Lucy had severe bruises but no fractures. The owners of the dogs were found and the dogs returned to them.
No human would have done what Panda the dog did.