24 Incredibly Heartwarming Animal Stories That Will Hit You Right In The Feels
Do animals experience emotions like we do? It’s an ongoing debate that scientists have had for decades. Yet anyone who has ever shared a close bond with an animal can swear that animals display a depth of emotions, and in some ways are more loving, compassionate, trusting and loyal than humans.
Here are 24 heartwarming animal stories that show just how much animals experience emotions. Each one will tug at your heartstrings…
The parrot that learned to say “I love you.”
Alex was an exceptionally smart African Grey parrot who had a vocabulary of over 100 words. When he died, his last words to his owner were “You be good. I love you.”
The dog that finds comfort in church after his owner passed away.
Tommy the dog went to mass with his human when she was alive. After her death he goes to mass by himself and sits quietly.
The orangutan and the dog who forged a precious friendship.
Roscoe the orangutan was heartbroken after the loss of his parents. He stopped eating and did not respond to medical treatment. During the same period of time, an older sickly dog was found in the zoo and brought to the same animal treatment center. The two met and have been together ever since!
The Beluga that instinctively saved a diver’s life.
Diver Yang Yun thought she was going to die when her legs were paralyzed during a free diving contest. Mila, a Beluga whale, saw the diver struggling and used her nose to guide her to safety.
The dog that almost lost its life saving owner in machete attack.
Patricia Adshead was making tea in her kitchen when a machete gang broke in. She was trapped in the kitchen with Oi and one of the men. Oi leapt to her defense and bit the attacker’s hand. Even when he brought the weapon down on her, Oi managed to chase him out of the house, saving Adshead.
The parade of elephants who paid a tribute to the man that saved their lives.
When author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died, these South African elephants marched for two hours through the Zululand bush until they reached his house. These elephants had been saved by Anthony years ago, after they were deemed violent and sentenced to death. Anthony rehabilitated the animals and gave them a chance at a better life.
The Labrador that becomes a mother to other animals.
A Labrador named Lisha has turned surrogate mother to many orphaned animals of different species. She teaches each of her adopted babies how to survive and has helped raise more than 30 baby animals.
The gorilla that is moved by a sad moment in a movie.
The Jack Russell that made the ultimate sacrifice to save a group of children.
These children were playing with George, a Jack Russell Terrier, when pit bulls attacked. He tried to protect the kids by barking and rushing at the other dogs, but they started biting him on the head and back. His intervention saved the children, though he later died from his injuries. He was posthumously awarded a medal for his bravery.
The seeing-eye dogs that led their owners to safety in 9/11 attack.
Following the terrorist attack on New York on September 11, 2001, seeing-eye dogs Salty and Roselle stuck by their owners and led them down 70 floors out of the World Trade Center before the buildings collapsed. The two dogs were awarded a joint Dickin Medal for their unwavering loyalty and bravery.
The gorilla who never forgot the man that raised him.
The dog that went from fighter to lover.
The German Shepherd that became the seeing-eye dog to a blind dog.
When Ellie the blind spaniel was adopted her new human never expected her other dog, Leo, would take on the duty of being Ellie’s seeing-eye dog. When they go to the park, Leo will guide Ellie around, protecting her from rowdier dogs.
The elephants that never forgot each other.
The lion that still loved its humans after many years.
The owl that cared for a goose like its own baby.
Every year, Gandolf the owl would lay an egg and wait for it to hatch, but it never would. One day, she was given a goose egg. Most owls would immediately kill any newborn that did not look, smell, or feel like their own species, but Gandolf did not. She cared for the gosling as if it was her own.
The chimpanzees that mourned their friend.
When Dorothy the chimp died of heart failure at the Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, her fellow chimps hugged each other and watched solemnly as their friend was laid to rest.
The cat that comforted the dying.
Oscar was always able to tell when one of the residents in his nursing home was close to death. He would sit with them on their bed during their last moments to comfort them.
The dolphin and the seal who became unlikely BFFs.
In the wild, Jet the dolphin and Miri the seal would be top competitors for food, but instead they have been best friends since infancy. The two live at Pet Porpoise Pool Marine Park in Coffs Harbour, Australia and are inseparable. Nothing makes them happier than playing together.
The Great Dane that cares for monkey babies.
Molly Badham and Nathan Evans founded a sanctuary for monkeys. It is now one of the largest areas dedicated to primates in the world. They’ve gotten help caring for the primates from an unexpected breed…Great Danes! They have proved to be gentle giants that are wonderful caregivers for orphaned monkeys.
The dog that saved an abandoned infant.
The orangutan that fosters abandoned cubs.
Hanama is the proud father of abandoned lion and tiger cubs. He helps feed these fuzzy cubs, becoming a rather unnatural babysitter for them, until they are able to take care of themselves.
The dog that thanked the firefighter for saving her puppies.
Caught in a housefire, this mother dog and her pups were saved by a wonderful firefighter. A photographer spotted the firefighter resting after his last trip inside the burning house, while the mother dog approached him. The photographer picked up their camera just in time to capture this beautiful shot.
The dog that waited for his owner to return every day for 10 years.
Hachiko was an Akita dog who waited for his master to get off work and arrive at the train station every day. He continued his daily ritual for 10 years without knowing that the man died at work. Hachiko is honored as a paragon of loyalty, and a statue of him can be seen at the Shibuya train station in Tokyo.
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