Animals show gratitude to their rescuers

The saying “No good deed goes unpunished” applies only to humans.

Only human beings have the remarkably perverse aptitude of not just being ungrateful for an act of kindness, some actually turn on you for having helped them.

I still remember a foreign student I had helped — a young woman from Ethiopia for whom I bought a pair of prescription eyeglasses after I discovered the reason she always sat in the front row was because she was near-sighted. That afternoon, I took her to Wal-Mart, paid for her eye examination and glasses.

At the end of the semester, she accused me of racism because I gave her final take-home essay, which was replete with grammatical errors, a “B” grade (which was generous) instead of the “A” she felt she deserved.

Unlike humans, animals are grateful for our kindness, and they remember.

Here are three examples.

(1) A young bull dances for joy after being released from a narrow cage.

When he was transported to a large pen filled with straw, he dances for joy again, then touches his rescuer with his head in gratitude.


(2) Richard Wiese found a swan who was injured from flying into a chain-link fence.

So Wiese brought the swan to a sanctuary for treatment.

Years later, Wiese and the swan saw each other again. The swan had not forgotten, and wrapped her long neck around Wiese’s.

(3) GiGi, a great horned owl severely injured from being hit by a car, was nursed back to health by Doug Pojeky, president of Mississippi’s Wild at Heart Rescue.

When Pojeky returned from a trip to Michigan, GiGi showed how much she’d missed him. The owl bobbed her head, danced on Pojeky’s arm, then slowly walked up to his chest, rested her head on his shoulder and draped her wings around him in a big owl hug.

~Eowyn

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18 responses to “Animals show gratitude to their rescuers

  1. Mark Twain said the difference between a man and a dog is you can take a poor dog and make it prosperous and you will have a friend for life.

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  2. traildustfotm

    This is really moving. Wow!

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  3. Bless them, both the ones who saved, and those precious animals. God made them all, and we love them.

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  4. Heartwarming. Thank you so much.

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  5. Hadenoughalready

    It is said that a society is judged by the way it treats its’ most vulnerable. If that’s true, this planet is doomed for that, alone. Never mind the evil and hate for our Creator we’ve reduced ourselves to.
    No wonder the Almighty is furious!

    Might I suggest a “Tissue Warning” next time…?

    I may seem like I’ve gone off the deep end but my little dog and I share a special relationship.
    Since I got him from my daughter, who’s kids and she didn’t exactly treat right, he’s been especially close to me; and I, him.
    We’re rarely separated. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I stopped short. Perhaps a wrecker would be required to extract him…lol
    Many times he’ll come and sit by my chair patiently waiting for me to look down and ask “whadda ya want”. He’ll wag his tail and shuffle his feet. That’s when I ask, showing my fist: “do you wanna fight – you want another beating”? (cynical code for play time). He’ll jump around like a fool and it’s off to the bedroom and “game on”.
    By the time a half hour goes by, we’re both “slimed”. I need to wash my face and dust off the hair I’m covered in. He get’s a cookie and we’re good for the day. It’s awesome!
    I dread the day my 25 pounds of pure love, loyalty and companionship passes; I really do!

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  6. I found my soulmate, a 10 lbs. Maltese named “BARNEY”, 24/7 for seven years and we are inseparable. We don’t need to talk, HE knows when I hurt, He hurts too, when sad He is sad, we play hide and seek and we live a happy life. When I am absent, no matter how short the time we greet each other till there’s no end. Everyday, he sneaks in the closet (like I don’t know, eh?) and manages to steal my bedroom slipper. First time in my many, many years of life that I had a doggie, when we first saw each other, I knew it was God’s design.

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  7. I couldn’t help but wonder, ‘What about those other cows??’ So sad to see animals treated that way. 😢

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    • vistabee, I had the very same thought about the rest of the cows watching their friend be freed from those awful restrictive harnesses and leaving them. You could tell they wanted to go with him too.

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  8. Great posting. What are you trying to do, turn me into a vegetarian?

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  9. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:

    Carnivores, beware!

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  10. A dogs tail doesn’t lie.

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  11. Wow! That was truly moving to view. I had tears in my eyes by the time I finished viewing. What a wonderful post this is. Thank you.

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    • Hadenoughalready

      You and me, both, Auntie. There needs to be a “Tissue Warning”…lol (I think I’m getting old n soft in my “elder” years).

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  12. You must always be ready for God’s designs for you…..you can never plan or guess when another living being…human or animal….will connect with you and God requires your response…..

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  14. In times like these, when I am so disgusted by what’s occurring in the formerly great United States, it’s heartwarming stories like these which I ought to spend more of my time focusing on. I haven’t felt this good in… I can’t even remember!

    Terrific post! Thanks, I needed this.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    Stephen T. McCarthy Reviews…

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