Animals may not be human, but they have heart. A dog can save your life. You can be friends with a dolphin. A lion can remember his human masters even after one year of separation. We’ve all heard the stories—and they have helped us realize just how magnificent animals are. In case you need a refresher course, we’ve listed 12 of the most touching animal stories on the internet in the slide show below. Prepare a box of tissues because you’re going to need it.
1. CHRISTIAN THE LION
In 1969, flatmates John Rendall and Anthony Bourke saw a lion cub in a cage in Harrods department store of London, England. They decided to buy the little creature and name it Christian. They played with him, fed him, and loved their furry houseguest. Eventually, Christian became too big for their flat, and they decided to reintroduce him to the wild in a sanctuary in Africa. After one year, they decided to visit Christian even though the people at the sanctuary said that there was no way that Christian would recognize them. They didn’t listen. Watch their tearful reunion below.
2. HEROIC DOG SAVES A FRIEND
In Chile, a traffic camera was able to record this touching scene of a dog trying to rescue another dog. A car hit the first dog, and this helpful canine braved the traffic to rescue it. The Chilean commentator says, “These images seen from the surveillance cameras show a very common situation with our overpopulated highways. It is normal for us to see dogs run over. In the video, we can see this dog fighting for his life because he was run over by the vehicle. What is very touching is to see the very heroic actions of this other dog who is trying to pull him to the side of the highway. We are going to keep seeing things like this until we find a solution to the dogs living on the streets.” Watch the daring rescue below.
3. BABY BOY SAVED BY DOG
In Argentina, a story of a dog’s heroism has spread across the nation. The furry heroine is a dog named China who saw an abandoned baby and decided to protect it along with the rest of her puppies. Doctors said that if China hadn’t sheltered the baby boy from the cold night, he would have died. Watch the video below to learn more about China’s story.
4. HERCULES THE DOG SAVES THE MAN WHO SAVED HIM
This story will really make you believe in karma: A couple decided to adopt a Saint Bernard from the pound because they didn’t want him to be euthanized. They named him Hercules. Living up to his heroic name, the dog later saved his owner from a home invader. Watch his heroic tale below.
5. AN ELEPHANT AND A DOG BECOME BEST FRIENDS
In an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, an unlikely friendship was formed when Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog formed a close bond despite their differences. When Bella injured her spine, she had to be taken inside the sanctuary’s office. Tarra pined for her, and she just stood outside the sanctuary’s office waiting for her friend to return.
Bella has since died, but here’s a video montage of their friendship.
6. AN AMAZING STORY OF A TWO-LEGGED DOG
Faith is an amazing Chihuahua from Texas. She has two deformed front legs, but she was trained by her owners to walk on her two hind legs. She stands up like a human being, and hops like a rabbit. Watch the video below to see her amazing story.
7. OOGY, THE BAIT DOG WHO SURVIVED
Oogy was only a puppy when Laurence Levin adopted him. This pup had severe gashes on his face, and his left ear had been torn off. Oogy was a bait dog—an animal used to test a fighting dog’s aggressive instincts—and he had miraculously survived a pit bull’s attack. His story reminds us that, no matter how much suffering you may endure in life, it’s still possible to make a full recovery. Watch his heartbreaking story below.
8. DOLLY’S SURVIVAL
Dolly was a stray dog the Central Florida Shelter put up for adoption; she was adopted and taken home by her new owners. The people at the shelter thought she would be well taken care of in her new home, but one day Dolly made her way back to the shelter, her face bloody and bruised. The people who had adopted her had used her as a bait dog, meaning she was put into a cage with fighting dogs, usually pit bulls, to test how aggressive they were. Watch the video below to find out how this dog survived.
9. SAVE ONE DOG
Have you ever thought about adopting dogs from the pound? This is a story of a dog named Stanley, who would have been euthanized if he hadn’t been adopted. The video below urges people to save just one dog, if that’s all they can do—especially if you’re getting a dog anyway. Watch it to learn why you should.
10. SUGAR SURVIVES DESPITE ABUSE
Sugar is a dog with no hind legs. She was found in Taiwan barely alive, abused and sick with pneumonia. Still, Sugar was able to learn how to run, play with other animals, and live a happy life. Watch her inspiring story below.
11. A DOG SURVIVES A TORNADO
As a tornado ravaged through Birmingham, Alabama, a dog named Mason was home alone. When Mason’s owners came back, they saw their house had been completely destroyed and Mason was nowhere to be found. Three weeks later, Mason crawled home even though he had two broken legs. Watch this inspiring story of survival below.
12. COLEY’S REUNION WITH HER DOLPHIN FRIEND
Dingle, Ireland, has a special town pet—a dolphin named Fungie. He is free to swim into the wide ocean, but he chooses to stay in Dingle Bay. A girl named Coley asks her boyfriend if they could take a trip to Dingle, Ireland so that she can see Fungie again. Even though it’s been five years since she has seen Fungie, the dolphin still recognized her. To celebrate their reunion, they swam together. Coley loves swimming with Fungie. She says, “Swimming with Fungie is a magical experience.” Watch their beautiful reunion below.
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