Throughout history, there have been many instances where animals have gone above and beyond to save human lives. From alerting their owners of danger to rescuing people from dangerous situations, these hero animals have proved time and again that they are more than just pets. Here are 35 of the most incredible stories of hero animals that saved human lives.
Binti Jua – In 1996, a three-year-old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. Binti Jua, a female gorilla, picked up the unconscious boy and cradled him until help arrived.
Lulu – During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, a German Shepherd named Lulu led her owner and several other stranded neighbors to safety.
Togo – In 1925, during the diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska, Togo led his sled team on a treacherous 261-mile journey to deliver lifesaving serum to the town’s residents.
Appollo – A guide dog named Appollo saved his owner from being hit by an oncoming train in 2012.
Balto – Along with Togo, Balto was one of the lead dogs in the 1925 Nome serum run.
Koko – A gorilla named Koko saved the life of a kitten who had wandered into her enclosure in 1985.
Odin – During the California wildfires in 2018, Odin refused to abandon his family’s goats, leading them to safety through the flames.
Trakr – A police dog named Trakr helped rescue victims from the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.
Moko – A dolphin named Moko guided two stranded pygmy sperm whales back out to sea in New Zealand in 2008.
Tara – A cat named Tara saved her owner’s son from a dog attack in 2014.
Blue – In 1938, Blue the horse saved his owner from a charging bull by kicking it repeatedly.
Figo – A service dog named Figo threw himself between his blind owner and an oncoming bus in 2015.
Zoey – During a house fire in 2016, a Pit Bull named Zoey dragged her unconscious owner to safety.
Simon – During the Falklands War in 1982, a cat named Simon helped catch rats on board the HMS Amethyst and boosted morale among the crew.
Willie – A parrot named Willie alerted his owner to a choking toddler in 2015.
Zanjeer – A Labrador Retriever named Zanjeer detected over 3,000 kg of explosives during the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 1993.
Khan – In 2009, a Doberman Pinscher named Khan saved his family from a deadly snake by killing it.
Kiki – A Gorilla named Kiki saved a three-year-old boy who fell into her enclosure at the Jersey Zoo in 1986.
Jasmine – A greyhound named Jasmine became a therapy dog for hospice patients, comforting them in their final days.
Honey – A Golden Retriever named Honey saved her owner from a venomous snake bite in 2017.
Mandy – A goat named Mandy saved her owners from carbon monoxide poisoning in 2015.
Reef – In 2011, a Newfoundland named Reef rescued a group of people trapped in their car during a flood.
Sallie – A Staffordshire Terrier named Sallie served as a mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War and saved many soldiers’ lives.
Toby – A Jack Russell Terrier named Toby saved his family from a house fire in 2012.
Zephyr – A horse named Zephyr helped rescue people during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand.
Gretchen – A German Shepherd named Gretchen saved her owner from a vicious bear attack in 2015.
Bear – A Pit Bull named Bear saved a woman from being attacked by a man in 2016.
Pudding and Satan – Two cats named Pudding and Satan woke up their diabetic owner during a hypoglycemic episode in 2014.
Buddah – During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a Pit Bull named Buddah led rescuers to a group of stranded elderly survivors.
Midge – A Jack Russell Terrier named Midge alerted her owners to a gas leak in their home in 2013.
Zoey – In 2013, a Pit Bull named Zoey saved her owner’s daughter from a rabid fox.
Sadie – A Labrador Retriever named Sadie saved her owner from a snake bite in 2018
Tilly – In 2021, a Border Collie named Tilly kept watch over her owner who had broken her leg during a hike in the mountains until rescuers arrived.
Zena – A German Shepherd named Zena saved her family from an intruder in their home in 2013.
Shana – During a blizzard in 2006, a St Bernard named Shana rescued a stranded skier by leading rescuers to his location.
These hero animals are just a few examples of the incredible ways that animals can save human lives. They remind us of the important role that animals play in our lives and the importance of treating them with love and respect.