1The Dog who saved its owner with the Heimlich Maneuver
When Debbie Parkhurst, 45, was home alone and choked on an apple, Parkhurst said she then began beating her chest, an action that might have attracted Toby's attention. Toby's jumping apparently managed to dislodge the apple from Parkhurst's windpipe. “As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out,” she said.
2The Chihuahua who saved a baby from a rattlesnake
Booker West, a 1-year-old boy was splashing his hands in a birdbath in his grandparents' northern Colorado backyard when a snake slithered up to the toddler, rattled and struck. Five-pound Zoey jumped in the way and took the bites.
3The pig who saved its owner after a heart attack
Jo Ann Altsman suffered a heart attack while vacationing in the north woods of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania, USA. LuLu, a housebroken Vietnamese Pot-Bellied pig came to Jo Ann's aid. LuLu took one look at Jo Ann and after 'crying' for a moment, she managed to push open the gate to get to a nearby road. Witnesses reported that LuLu would wait until a car approached, then calmly walk out into the road and lay down in front of the oncoming vehicle. When a driver failed to stop, LuLu would return to Jo Ann to check on her, and then leave again to try and summon help. After about forty-five minutes the determined pig finally managed to persuade a young motorist to stop and follow her to the Altsman's mobile home. The man telephoned the emergency services and paramedics quickly arrived.
4The Dolphins who saved a fisherman
Ronnie Dabal was fishing for tuna in the choppy waters of Puerto Princesa Bay when a squall came upon him and turned his boat upside down. After battling with punishing waves for the next 24 hours on top of a piece of styropor, Dabal was losing his strength as darkness was coming. From out of nowhere, a pod of around 30 dolphins and a pair of whales came and started to flank him on both sides. The dolphins started alternately to nudge his tiny life raft using their pectoral fins towards the direction of land. Dabal said he passed out while the dolphins were doing their slow chore of nudging him to shore, and woke up on the beach of Barangay where he was finally assisted by local residents there.
5The Stray dog who saved an abandoned baby
In Nairobi, Kenya, a stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby girl after finding the abandoned infant in a forest. The dog apparently took the baby across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies.
6The Dog who saved a boy from a house fire in Mexico
This dog saved his 4-year-old boy master from certain death as the family's humble, wooden shack burned to ashes. Little Ivan Saul was sound asleep and would have never woken up had it not been for the non-stop barking of his new friend “Rosco” which had wakened him from his peaceful slumber and allowed him the opportunity to run, unharmed, from the flame engulfed home. The dog had been burned in more than 30% of his body before being rescued himself by firefighters, but fortunately survived.
7The Beluga whale who saved a drowning diver
Terrified Yang Yun thought she was going to die when her legs were paralysed by crippling cramps in arctic temperatures. She had been taking part in a free diving contest without any breathing equipment. Competitors had to sink to the bottom of an aquarium's 20ft arctic pool and stay there for as long as possible amid the beluga whales at Polar Land in Harbin, north east China. But when Yun, 26, tried to head to the surface she struggled to move her legs. Beluga whale Mila had spotted her difficulties and using her sensitive dolphin-like nose guided Yun safely to the surface.
8The Female gorilla who saved a 3-year-old boy from being harmed
Binti Jua, an 8-year-old female gorilla, rescued a three-year- old boy after he fell into the primate enclosure at Brookfield Zoao, Illinois. The boy, climbed over a box on top of a 3.5ft railing and fell 18ft on to the concrete floor of the enclosure which housed seven gorillas. Binti Jua, who was carrying her own infant on her back, cradled the boy in her arms and took him to a door where zoo keepers and paramedics could attend him.
9The cat who tried to save his owner from an attempted theft
Peter Choyce, wheelchair-bound by a bad spine, was enjoying a sunny afternoon in the driveway of his neighbor's house. He was typing on his laptop, his cat by his side. Two men in a car drove by, apparently saw what they thought would be an easy mark and stopped. In the space of a second or two, the assailant punched Choyce in the face, grabbed the laptop directly out of his lap — and was attacked by little Unshkins. Unshkins, a black cat with white paws, flew up in the face of the attacker, clawing frantically and bloodying the criminal's face.
10The Dog who saved its owner after a collapse calling 911
Buddy, a dog specially trained to call 911 when his owner suffers seizures grabbed the phone and whimpered for help. Stalnaker said he trained the animal to recognize when he had a seizure and respond by grabbing the phone and bringing it to him. When Buddy hears the operator, he puts the phone down and whimpers as if he was in distress. The 911 system matches the call to the address and dispatches emergency help. Buddy rode in the ambulance with Stalnaker to the hospital, and both were back home two days later.
11The Dog who saved a man from a bull
A man taunting an angry bull is faced with his life after the bull charges at him. While on the floor, the man has no chance, and out of nowhere a dog saves him.
12The guide dog who saved its owner from death in the World Trade Center attack in 9/11
Omar E. Rivera (who is blind) and his yellow Labrador retriever, Salty, escaped unharmed from the Sept. 11, 2001 disaster with many of his co-workers from the 71st floor office. With one hand on Salty's harness and another on a friend's arm, Mr. Rivera descended into unknown world filled with smoke and sickening smell of jet fuel. “Salty refused to leave my side even when another co-worker tried to take it's leash”, Mr. Rivera said.