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7 animals who saved humans

Here are the 7 animals who saved the lives of humans:

#7: A female gorilla rescued a 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure in Brookfield Zoo.

#6: A German Shepherd guided Alaska state troopers to his owner’s home that was on fire.

#5: A lioness intervened and saved the life of a zookeeper who was being attacked by a male lion.

#4: An elephant in an elephant nature park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, saved a staffer from drowning in a fast-moving river.

#3: A male gorilla shielded a little boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure from other gorillas.

#2: A dog disarmed a robber of a convenience store in France.

#1: A cat named Tara in Bakersfield, CA, saved the life of a young boy who was being mauled by a dog several times the size of the cat.

What these seven animals did were acts of pure altruism because they derived no personal benefit and, in the case of the dog and Tara the cat, actually put themselves at risk.


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Creation: Monkey revives electrocuted friend

We humans like to flatter ourselves that we are the only creatures on Earth with complex emotions, and that non-human creatures have neither feelings, nor free will (have you watched your pet dog or cat deliberate between two choices?), nor moral sentiments.
This is how narcissistic humans justify our disregard, neglect, abuse, and outright cruelty toward non-human creatures.
But science more and more is discovering that animals not only love and mourn (elephants would return to elephant graveyards to caress the bones of dead family members), have a sense of right and wrong, of justice and fairness (see “Animals can tell right from wrong“), they are also capable of acts of altruism — selfless acts to advance the wellbeing of another.
How else are we to interpret the selfless act of a mute turtle in the Taipei Zoo patiently laboring to flip another turtle whom (some malicious human?) had flipped onto its back?
Now we have more evidence of animal altruism, from India.
monkey revives electrocuted friend
The AP reports on Dec. 25, 2014, that onlookers at a crowded train station in northern Indian city of Kanpur watched in astonishment as a monkey (#1) came to the rescue of another monkey (#2).
Monkey #2 had made the mistake of touching some high-tension wires on the railroad track, was electrocuted, knocked unconscious, and appeared to be dead.

The good Samaritan monkey #1 administered monkey first aid to his friend by biting and sucking its head and neck, lifting the friend’s motionless body, shaking it, then dipping his friend into a mud puddle.

Finally, after 20 minutes of first aid, the electrocuted monkey, now covered in mud, regained consciousness, opened its eyes, sat up and got its back massaged by hero monkey.

hero monkey massages electrocuted friend

Watch this extraordinary event for yourself!



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