Everyone likes an underdog. Especially when that underdog is a real dog. Here are ten animals that came back from their date with death cuter than ever.
A 10-year-old goldfish named George was saved when his faithful owner brought him in to have a deadly head tumour surgically removed. The procedure took 45 minutes and the veterinarian in charge said it went swimmingly.
This tortoise lost a front leg to an injury. Luckily, the veterinarians at the Washington State University Exotic Animal Services had an extra rolling chair on hand. Now, the tortoise gets around fine. The chair…not so much.
When this horse fell through the ice and got stuck in this pond, it took dozens of volunteers and emergency workers to safely pull it out. Amazingly, and to the cheers of the onlookers, the resilient equine regains her feet just moments after being drawn from the water.
If seeing this dog go from being trapped in tar to wagging its tail while accepting treats from its rescuers doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies, then your heart is probably covered in tar, too.
Another goldfish given a second chance to swim, this time by a buoyancy aid in the form of custom sling, which the owner fashioned herself. This truly is the golden age of DIY.
Oscar the cat picked a fight with a piece of heavy-duty machinery and lost. With just eight lives left, he was flown to an advanced medical clinic where he was outfitted with two flexible metal and rubber booties. Now, he gets around just fine on his one-of-a-kind kitty prosthetics.
Sometimes an animal in trouble just needs a little help from its own. This young buffalo finds himself caught between a pride of lions and a couple of crocodiles. Lucky for him (and unlucky for the lions and crocs) Mum, Dad, Sister, Brother and, heck, the whole extended family pitches in to get him to safety. And for the squeamish among you, trust us, it all turns out fine for everyone.
Discovered abandoned and starving on a California beach, this baby otter was left with nothing but its ability to make humans’ hearts melt with the twitch of one tiny whisker. That was enough. A few weeks and a handful of round-the-clock animal care experts later, the little swimmer was restored to perfect health.
This could be a scene out of Homeward Bound, but it isn’t. When this dog gets run over on a busy highway, he gets a helping pair of paws from a canine compadre who braves the traffic to drag the dog to safety.