Often, it’s humans who save the lives of animals. Not only do many of us choose to adopt animals or take them in from the streets, but we also save animals when we feed strays around town or call a wildlife rescue center when we come across a struggling bird with a broken wing, for example.
However, there are times where animals save us as well, figuratively and literally. Figuratively, our pets can “save” us by filling the missing pieces of our hearts as they enter our lives and bring us happiness daily. On a literal level, there are many stories where animals physically save the lives of humans who are hurt or in danger.
One good example of an animal saving a human’s life is in one viral story where a stray German shepherd helps a nearly-dead woman, Shannon Lorio, out from under a vehicle after a serious accident.
One day, the canine was randomly navigating the woods when he heard a loud noise: the car accident Lorio was involved in. Rather than fleeing the scene as most animals would, the German shepherd approached the scene to find Lorio underneath a two-ton vehicle with her body halfway out of what used to be a window.
Lorio’s vehicle had tumbled several times off the road when she was driving alone following a fight with her husband. Still panicking and just partially conscious, Lorio spotted a short, dark figure running in her direction. However, Lorio lost consciousness before she could make out the blurry figure.
Immediately, the German shepherd knew exactly what to do. He started to tap on her head to get her to wake up, but he had no luck. The canine then grabbed her by the hood of her jacket and pulled her with all his might. Although the task might seem impossible, the dog was able to free her from under the heavy car. What a miracle!
As the canine continued to pull the woman to safety, Lorio regained consciousness. “I don’t know when I came to, but when I did come to, I felt this huge presence. I could feel his breath. The dog…I don’t know how he came across me, but I thank God that he did,” she explains.