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?

See these other acts of animal altruism and heroism:

~Eowyn

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Dobbie
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Dobbie

Ok…who is the uncaring idiot video taping this instead dropping everything and running to grab that child before she spills head first into the river??? This is a wonderful story of the dog displaying reason and judgement but the human behind the camera gets a F-!!

Ranger
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Ranger

Orchestrated. The dog appears to leave for the girl in the manner of acting to a command. Too much perception being accepted as real today.

Judy JJ Smith
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Judy JJ Smith

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?

That was my first thought too!!!!

Judy JJ Smith
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Judy JJ Smith

Fate, God, whatever you call ‘it’.
My next door niece was trying to get her big beach ball from our pool…I was headed out the door on the other side of the house to the driveway …and at the last minute decided to change shirts…that led me to the bedroom that had double doors to the wrap-around porch that had a full view of the pool….
Would she have fallen in?? probably because every time she touched the ball, it went further. AND, she was in the deep end.

Old Guy
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Old Guy

I know it isn’t exactly the same thing but one of my German Shepherds once prevented this 3-legged dog from going in a river. She kept corralling this other dog and used her body to prevent this other dog from getting in the water. It was several times in a row so it wasn’t chance. Funnier yet, the owner of the 3-legged dog told me that another dog had done that to her dog before as well. Some dogs are pretty smart, smarter than a lot of liberals because they know right from wrong.

LPS
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LPS

Looked like training. Command to get the girl, retrieve the ball. That’s why he was videoing instead. Dog was already familiar with his responsibility.

Alma
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Alma

What a cruelty to the child and the dog. The extremes people go for a few seconds of celluloid. Shameful.

TrailDust
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♥️

Rachel Silver
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Rachel Silver

Calm down everyone, maybe the girl played near water regularly and her parents knew she was perfectly capable of bobbing down without falling on her face.. It was nice to see the dog taking action but I hardly think this is some serious case of ‘child neglect’..
If it was a baby crawling, sure mum or dad step in but she’s walking and playing.
Give kids some space to play FFS