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Dolphins Help Save Dog from Drowning

Dolphins Help Save Dog from Drowning

On Marco Island, Florida a group of dolphins came to the aid of a lost Doberman that had fallen into a canal and couldn’t get out. The dolphins made so much noise, it attracted the attention of people living nearby, who then rescued the dog. The Doberman was believed to have spent 15 hours in the canal water before he was pulled out by fire personnel and reunited with his owner.

One of the people whose attention was captured by the noisy, demonstrative dolphins said, “They were really putting up a ruckus, almost beaching themselves on the sandbar over there. If it wasn’t for the dolphin, I would have never seen the dog.” (Source: ABC7news) He said also if the dolphins hadn’t persisted enough to get their attention, they dog would have died in the canal. The dog had fallen over the edge of a concrete wall down into the water far enough that it had no chance of getting back up by itself. The dog was exhausted from being in the cold water for hours, and most likely suffering from hypothermia.

Dolphins have been known to sometimes help stranded or injured people as well. In 2007, a pod of dolphins formed a ring around a surfer who was injured and bleeding after being bitten by a Great White shark. The surfer survived because they prevented further bites. No one knows exactly why dolphins have intervened in such emergency situations, and helped save the lives of other species. Suffice to say they are capable of empathy and heroic actions.

Image Credit: ArizonaLincoln

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4:14AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

great story! dolphins are so amazing, and there are so many stories of them savin humans - and now dogs too! They are real heroes.

11:23AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Very lucky dobbie! Aren't dolphins amazing?

10:24PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Wonderful story. Very interesting how dolphins come to the aid of other species.

9:17PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Cool story, but I can't believe the dog's owner wasn't paying more attention as to the whereabouts of his/her pet. The dog was in the water for 15 hours; how did the owner not realize their dog was missing?

10:22AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013


9:21AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

Dolphins (whilst occasionally not perfect) can exhibit such a great degree of caring and altruism to other species that they always touch my heart - we should not let people mistreat them in zoos or with sonar blasts or underwater mining.

11:40AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:28AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Sta reci,bez teksta sam.

5:34PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012


11:53AM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

Stories like this one are a breath of fresh air. Thank you for sharing it. The dolphins showed more compassion than the dog's owner, who seemed to be indifferent to his missing dog.

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