Category Archives: Animal altruism

Dog saves little girl from falling into river

We humans like to think of ourselves as being superior to animals.

We flatter ourselves, convinced that only humans are rational, whereas animals merely act on the basis of “instincts” — whatever that’s supposed to mean.

To be rational is to be able to reason.

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “reason” as “the ability of a healthy mind to think and make judgments, especially made on practical facts”. “Judgment,” in turn, means “the ability to form valuable opinions and make good decisions…after thinking carefully”.

In a short video that’s gone viral, originally posted on Twitter by physics-astronomy.org, a little dog sees a little girl, who’s barely able to walk, bend down by the side of a river to retrieve a ball from the water.

The dog anticipates and recognizes the danger of the little girl falling into the water. Displaying “reason” and “judgment,” the dog immediately runs to the girl and pulls her back from falling into the river.

Here’s the video (h/t PawMyGosh):

My question is this:

Obviously, a human took the video. Why didn’t the human do what the dog did by pulling the girl away from the river’s edge?

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Thank you Lord, for cats!

Cats are loving creatures

Anyone who knows cats, knows what I mean.

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Fox and Cat Friendship

Animal Smiles

PEACE

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In a flash, border collie saves tiny chihuahua from being run over by car

In Gaspé City in Québec, Canada, a black-and-white border collie was outside playing fetch with a human and two other dogs — a black dog and a tiny chihuahua.

A little while later, a doughy woman in a light-colored hoodie walked to her blue SUV and quickly backed out of the driveway, oblivious to the fact that the little chihuahua was walking right into the SUV’s path.

In a flash, the collie rushed in and snatched the chihuahua off the ground and out of the way of the SUV.

The woman first drove the SUV forward, then back. She got out of the car and the collie ran to her in a flash, then backed away as the chihuahua walked into the woman’s embrace. She then hugged the collie.

The woman said: “I saw something in my mirror. First I thought I had crushed my dog.”

Here’s the video of the collie’s amazing rescue:

This is the border collie, a true hero. What a sweet face! (Source: WDBJ CBS7)

From Wikipedia:

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep.[1] It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience.

Considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports. They are often cited as the most intelligent of all domestic dogs….

Border Collies require considerably more daily physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds…. Although the primary role of the Border Collie is to herd livestock, the breed is becoming increasingly popular as a companion animal.

In this role, due to their working heritage, Border Collies are very demanding, playful, and energetic. They thrive best in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise, either with humans or other dogs.

H/t CSM, Maziel & Jim G.

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About Pets and Heaven

Having recently lost a dear cat, this video encourages me. I hope it helps someone following Fellowship of the Minds, too.

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Instant bond between dolphin and girl

Girl Makes Dolphin Laugh

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Stray dogs ask human to save their friend who fell into a pool

In March 2019, YouTube vlogger Trevor Costelloe and his friend were exploring an abandoned water park. It had been raining, and the pools were full to the brim.

A couple of stray dogs were in the area.

The dogs came up to the boys, wagging their tails.

One of them led the teens to a nearby pool. In the pool was another dog who had fallen in and could not get out.

One of the boys pulled the fallen dog from the pool, saving its life. The dog had become weak from struggling and wouldn’t have lasted much longer.

H/t PawMyGosh

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Thursday Funny: Escape artists

The ingenuity of these escape artists is amazing.

Note the altruism of the lovebird (0:13 mark) who not only got out of the cage, but helped the other lovebird to get out as well. LOL

I’m particularly impressed by the grace of the horse (1:31 mark).

H/t Maziel

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Animal altruism: Lions protect girl from abducters; dog leads owner to injured pup

(1) Ethiopian lions protect girl, 12

BBC News and the AP have an astounding account of three African lions in Ethiopia protecting a 12-year-old girl from her abductors.

Police Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo, speaking by telephone from Bita Genet, about 350 miles southwest of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, recounted that the girl was abducted and beaten by seven men on her way home from school.

Tilahun Kassa, a local government official who corroborated Wondimu’s version of the events, said one of the men had wanted to marry the girl against her wishes.

Kidnapping young girls has long been part of the marriage custom in Ethiopia. Young Ethiopian girls are often abducted and forced into marriage. The United Nations estimates that more than 70% of marriages in Ethiopia are by abduction, practiced in rural areas where most of the country’s 71 million people live.

On June 9, 2005, a week after she had gone missing, the girl was found by police and relatives on the outskirts of Bita Genet. Police caught four of the abductors and three were still at large.

Sgt. Wedajo said the girl had been guarded by three lions for about half a day, after the lions chased off the abductors: “They (the lions) stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest. If the lions had not come to her rescue, then it could have been much worse. Often these young girls are raped and severely beaten to force them to accept the marriage. Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle, because normally the lions would attack people.”

But cynical “wildlife experts” are skeptical:

  • Game hunter Colonel Lemma Legesse told the AFP news agency lion attacks on humans and farm animals have become increasingly frequent in the region, and that the lions “were probably preparing to eat her but were intercepted by the police and the others.”
  • Stuart Williams, a wildlife expert with the rural development ministry, said the girl may have survived because she was crying from the trauma of her attack: “A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her.”

Ethiopia’s lions, famous for their large black manes, are the country’s national symbol and adorn statues and the local currency. Despite a recent crackdown, hunters kill the lions for their skins, which can fetch $1,000 a piece. Williams estimates that only 1,000 Ethiopian lions remain in the wild.

(2) Dog leads owner to injured pup

Ace the pit bull was out walking with his human dad in New Jersey.

Suddenly, Ace pulled dad off course towards an abandoned home. In the alleyway next to the house was an injured 10-week-old pit-bull mix puppy, barely alive.

The man rushed the pup, later named Theo, to a local animal shelter to get help.

Source: The Dodo

H/t PawMyGosh

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WARNING!!! Cuteness Overload!

FOX35: Adorable video of dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando kissing two trainers goes viral

An adorable video of a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando kissing two of his trainers has gone viral online.

The dolphin, who is 21-years-old and is named Diego, was born at SeaWorld.

Two trainers, Ashley and Tiffany, are shown having fun playing with dolphin in the video.

http://www.fox35orlando.com/entertainment/attractions/adorable-video-of-dolphin-at-seaworld-orlando-kissing-two-trainers-goes-viral?fbclid=IwAR1nd8qmOhWdzt29nmKSJTfUXWPugxtjee70NjJtl4XJG-jVkTak7ER4ccw


If I believed, like the atheists, that we are nothing but the random result of matter plus time plus chance, I would have no explanation for these 2 cute trainers playing with an equally cute dolphin. Where do things like playfulness, humor, love and joy come from, if not from a loving Creator?

 

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