7 Incredible Heroic Animal Stories

Never to be taken for granted by their human counterparts, animals have proven their loyalty time and time again. It’s no wonder we continue to interact and look after these creatures. You will not believe these incredible stories of the most heroic pets on the planet!


Beluga whale saves life

Near death

Twenty-six-year-old Yang Yun had a dream – to work with whales. So she took part in a competition at Polarland in Harbin, north-east China, to land a job working with the theme park’s famous beluga whales, Mila and Nicola.

As one of the seven finalists, Yun was required to dive as deep as possible into a freezing tank with the whales – all without breathing equipment. She made it close to the bottom, but at 4.5m she realised her legs had cramped due to the Arctic-temperature water. She couldn’t move them and she was stuck, thinking she was going to die.

That’s when the whales came to her rescue. “I began to choke and sank even lower and I thought that was it for me – I was dead. Until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface,” Yun told journalists later.

Mila and Nicola, both 2m beluga whales, swam toward Yun and nudged her toward the surface. Mila at one point clamped the diver’s leg in her mouth to propel her forwards.

“Mila noticed the problem before we did,” one of the Polarland officials said later. “We suddenly saw the girl being pushed to the top of the pool with her leg in Mila’s mouth. She’s a sensitive animal who works closely with humans and I think this girl owes Mila her life.”

The whales usually spend their days performing with two trainers in a beautiful underwater dance depicting the “Heart of the Ocean”, and blowing rings of bubbles in the water. Mila is known as an intelligent, sensitive animal – and can now chalk up saving a human life among her accolades.