We often hear stories about devoted pets; those that seem to go to great lengths in the name of love and compassion. These harrowing tales of survival between humans and animals will remind you just how much true friendship can make a difference in our lives.
Pet Bird Saves Owner from Robbers
Who needs a dog when you’ve got, Charlie – a macaw, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, that jumped (or flew into action) to save his owner from would-be robbers. Somewhere around 2:35 a.m. one morning, Jack Dukes had two unexpected visitors come to his door. When the doorbell rang in the early morning hours, Jack answered, thinking it was one of his neighbors. Unfortunately for the Arkansas man, it was two men who were looking to rob him. They burst in, threw Jack into a table, started beating him, and demanded hydrocodone pills from him. Well, apparently this ruffled Charlie’s feathers because the bird instantly fought back. He began screaming and then swooshed in for the rescue. According to Dukes, Charlie bit one of the suspects, and then took a chunk out of the man’s arm with his beak. He reported that one robber looked at the other robber and said, “Let’s get the hell out of here,” then they both booked out the door. Both Dukes and his pet bird were unharmed. We’ve all heard of a flight or fight response, but a flight and fight response? This might be a first.
Cat Protects Boy from Bullies
When Smudge the cat saw his owner, five-year-old Ethan, in serious trouble, he didn’t hesitate jumping right in the middle, causing a wild catfight. One day as Ethan and his two-year-old brother were playing in the yard, three bullies approached the boys and began taunting and picking on Ethan. Ethan tried to ignore them but one of the bullies took matters into his own hands and pushed the five-year-old to the ground. Before the boy’s mother could even get outside, Smudge the cat intervened to save the day. The boy’s mother told The Daily Mail, “[I] saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy’s chest. I think it was shock more than anything but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off.” The brave act earned Smudge a nomination for the National Cat of the Year award given by the Cats Protection charity. Later, the family reported that Ethan’s feline companion had been sleeping outside of his bedroom door, keeping watch over him.
A Parrot Sounds the Alarm
In keeping with the theme of birds in rescue mode, meet Willie, the Quaker parrot. One day when a two-year-old named Hannah Kuusk was in danger, the parrot knew to do what parrots do best – speak up. When the child’s babysitter went to the bathroom, Willie reportedly started screaming. The babysitter, Megan Howard, was the bird’s owner and claimed that she had heard Willie scream and flap his wings like never before. She was able to make out, ‘mama baby’ coming from the bird over and over again, and when she came out of the bathroom, she looked at Hannah, noticing immediately that the child’s face was turning blue. The babysitter quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver to save the little girl, but she has always insisted that Willie is the real hero. Later, the local Red Cross presented the bird with the Animal Lifesaver Award.
Cat Meows to Send a Warning
Winnie the cat knows how to save the day. When a gas-powered water pump began leaking odorless carbon monoxide into her owners’ home, the four-legged feline proved once and for all that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Apparently, the leak happened as the Keesling family was fast asleep. While they were busy sleeping and unknowingly in grave danger, Winnie made her way to her family. She began meowing loudly, nudging her owners in hopes to prompt them to wake up. “It was a crazy meow, almost like she was screaming,” said Cathy Keesling. Cathy awoke to find herself dizzy and nauseated by the fumes. Her husband and son were already unconscious. Thank goodness Winnie said something when she did. Thanks to this persistent pet, Cathy was able to call 911 and get help before anyone was seriously harmed.
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