Animals are amazing creatures and anyone who has had a pet knows the incredible bond that can form between a human and an animal. But even where the two are strangers to each other, it seems some animals have the instinct to save, and many stories have been told of animals saving the lives of humans.
Take, for example, Davide Ceci. Davide was 14 years old and couldn’t swim when he fell out of his father, Emanuele Cici’s boat in southeast Italy. His father was unaware that his son had gone overboard, and Davide was drowning when an unlikely rescuer pushed him to safety.
Filippo, a dolphin living in the waters off Manfedonia, had been separated two years previously from his school of dolphins and had become quite a tourist attraction. Filippo had no apparent fear of humans. He approached Davide and pushing him up out of the water, bore down on Emanuele’s boat. He got Davide close enough to the boat for his father to reach him.
Davide’s mother said: “It is a hero, it seems impossible an animal could have done something like that, to feel the instinct to save a human life.” Maritime researcher Dr Giovanna Barbieri said: “I’m not surprised he should have done such a wonderful thing as to save a human.”