Not every dog is a Lassie. Not every kangaroo is a criminal detective capable of dismantling complex, lawless plots like Skippy.

But whoa up there, doubters. Animals can and do save lives. Just ask Oreo the fire-warden cat or LuLu the melodramatic, literally-stop-the-traffic Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who drew attention to its owners heart attack.

Oh, you want more? You only had to ask.

Diver Yang Yun was attempting to hold her breath under water when her muscles stopped working and she began to sink to the bottom. Then Mila the beluga came to the rescue, picking up Yang Yun delicately in her jaws, and then hoisting her to the top of the tank for air.

Do you have any stories to add to the list? How have animals helped you?

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