(PHOTO GALLERY/POLL) A majority of people say they’d risk their lives for their pets. But would we do the same to rescue an animal we don’t know? These people did. From animal advocates like Ric O’Barry to local firefighters, see the pictures of courageous heroes and their animal rescues. And let us know if you’d risk your life for someone with four legs, feathers, or fins. – Global Animal
Ric O’Barry is one of the most famous faces fighting for animal rights. In the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove he exposed the dolphin hunts in Japan. In order to capture the footage of dolphin slaughter and free dolphins in captivity around the world, he routinely risks his safety. He’s both a hero to animal lovers and a persona non grata to anyone who profits off of dolphin shows and dolphin meat.
Katrina led to a broad overhaul of how rescue workers deal with pets, as officials realized that owners will do anything to bring their cats and dogs with them. Many times the pets were the only thing New Orleans residents had left, after all their possessions were destroyed by the flood.
If you’ve ever seen the TV show Whale Wars, you know the risks these activists take to protect whales from Japanese fleets, risks that have been deemed dangerous and extreme even by Green Peace. Watson claims he and his crew have sunk 10 ships in port. But the captains of the Japanese ships don’t take the meddling well, going to extreme lengths to intimidate and harass the crew members right back with water cannons and other tactics. After their boat, the Ady Gil, was allegedly rammed by a Japanese boat, Captain Pete Bethune snuck onto the ship to confront the captain and present him with a bill for the damages. He served time in a Japanese jail this summer for trespassing.
When a bear shot with a tranquilizer dart bolted into the water by a Florida neighborhood, it wasn’t long before it began to struggle against the effects of the dart. When wildlife biologist Adam Warwick saw what was happening, he raced into the water after the 375-pound bear and pulled him to safety. The bear was later released into a preserve.
As the floodwaters in Pakistan rose this summer, many residents could not be persuaded to leave. They couldn’t imagine leaving behind their goats, oxen, and cows.
A team of firefighters performed a risky rescue operation all for the sake of a German shepherd caught in a storm-swollen Los Angeles River. At least fifty firefighters showed up after the dog appeared on TV, struggling in the water. The firefighter who dropped down from a helicopter to grab him was bitten by the panicky dog. The incident sparked debate on whether firefighters should risk it for dogs, but the firefighter who performed the rescue said an unskilled person may have risked his life to rescue the dog if nothing was done.
When Zak Anderegg saw a little black puppy circling at the bottom of a canyon, he tried to get authorities involved, but they told him he was on his own. He borrowed a cat carrier from a nearby Vet, strapped it to his harness, and carried to the puppy out to safety. When he took the dog to the veterinary hospital, the vet told him that the dog wouldn’t have survived 48 more hours in the canyon.