Ironman, Batman, Spiderman and Captain America – These are very few of the innumerable superheroes our world has seen. We know that they are not real and yet, that does not stop us from loving them. But what if I were to tell you that superheroes do exist? Would you believe me? Read on to know what I am talking about.
The superheroes that I am referring to are very different from the ones you see on television. They might have paws, a tail or even a beak. Nevertheless, their courage is just the same, if not more. For those of you, who haven’t been able to guess till now, let me tell you that the heroes here are none other than our brave pets. These animals have shown their valor and fighter spirit in various situations and saved the lives of their many. Let us know about a few of them.
5 Brave beings of the non-human kind:
1. Tara the Cat
Just about a fortnight ago, Tara the tabby became famous worldwide for rescuing her master’s 4-year-old son, Jeremy from a vicious dog attack. Little Jeremy was playing with his bike near his house when the neighbor’s dog came up to him from behind and attacked him. The aggressive dog bit the toddler’s leg and tried to drag him away. But luckily, at that instant Tara ran to the dog from out of the blue and attacked it. She pushed away the dog and chased it off, saving Jeremy. It is in the nature of a cat to be scared of a dog. But this cat was special as her love and loyalty towards her master was stronger that her instinctive fear.
2. Mancs the Dog
Mancs was the most famous dog of the Spider Special Rescue Team of Miskolc, Hungary. His specialty was rescuing earthquake victims due to his great sense of smell. He would not only locate people under the ruins of different structures, but would also sense if they were dead or alive and then he would alert the rescue officials. He even travelled around the world to take part in quite a few rescue operations along with his team and has saved many lives. He gained fame when he saved a 3-year-old girl who had been lying under the rubble for 82 hours after the Izmit earthquake in Turkey. In honor of him, a statue of his has been erected in Miskolc near the new public square.
3. Willie the Parrot
To those of you who think that only dogs, cats or other big animals that can be life savers, this bird proves you wrong. Willie belongs to a lady by the name Megan Howard, who is the caretaker of 2-year-old Hannah. One day as Hannah was eating her breakfast, Megan left the room for a bit, to go to the bathroom. While she was in there, she heard Willie scream like never before. He kept repeating the words, “Mama Baby” and flapping his wings frantically. Megan sensed something was wrong and rushed out to find Hannah turning blue and choking on her food. She quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver on the child and saved her life. But Megan gives all the credits to Willie for alerting her in time. The Red Cross’ Denver chapter also awarded Willie the Animal Lifesaver Award during one of the “Breakfast of Champions” event.
4. Rani Laxmibai’s Horse
When we talk about brave animals, a mention has to be made of Rani Laxmibai’s valiant horse. In the battle of Gwalior, the Rani’s original horse was wounded and died. So a younger and more energetic horse took its place. But this new horse was less trained. When two British soldiers were after her and she was trying to escape with her infant strapped to her back, the horse kept moving around a canal instead of escaping. Finally when she did not have any other option, she jumped from the top of a fort with her horse. The impact of the fall was too hard for the animal to take and it died instantly. But the Rani was taken to an ashram where she passed away in peace. Many statues have been erected to depict the scene of the horse jumping off the fort with the Rani and the baby. However, some consider this story as nothing more than a myth.
5. Winter the Dolphin
The movie Dolphin Tale is based on the real life story of Winter, a 2-year-old dolphin whose tail was caught in a crab trap and was damaged to the extent that she completely lost her tail. She was taken to Clearwater Marine Hospital where she started to respond very well to the treatment given. Rather than giving up, Winter tried to learn to swim without a tail. Fortunately for her, after a few months she was given a new prosthetic tail with the help of which she was able to swim like before. Due to the research with this dolphin, Winters-Gel, a gel used to attach prosthetic limbs was developed, which helped even with human prosthetic limbs. Winter has become a symbol of determination and perseverance for many others who have lost hope in themselves.
Men may be superior to animals but sometimes even animals show love and care that surpasses the love of humans. There are many lessons to be learnt from these speechless beings. Keeping that in mind, we must always appreciate their worth and be grateful for having saviors like them.