In Unlikely Heroes (Workman, October 2014), author Jennifer S. Holland shares 37 inspiring stories of animals saving lives, overcoming disabilities and being an endless source of encouragement for us humans. Holland, who also wrote New York Times bestsellers Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves, gave us a peak into her newest heartwarming book. If the current state of affairs in the world has you down, these seven heroic animals are sure to lift your spirits.
Teach your parrot to talk, and it may just save a life. This sweet squawker alerted the babysitter when his owner’s 2-year-old daughter began choking. Willie frantically repeated “Mama! Baby!” until the babysitter ran to the child and gave her the Heimlich maneuver.
Shadow certainly lives up to the adage "A dog is man's best friend." This fearless canine helped his owner, Dan, overcome his bipolar disorder and never leaves Dan’s side, even when Dan partakes in his favorite hobby, hang gliding!
Our pets are remarkably adaptable, making them a source of endless encouragement. After losing all his paws to frostbite as a pup, Naki’o learned to walk on prosthetics and now serves as an inspiration to people of all ages living with disabilities.
When Jesse, an American soldier on tour in Iraq, found out two of his friends were killed in combat, he was devastated. He credits his cat, Koshka, for helping him get through the night by staying at his side, purring and comforting him through the loss.
When Kerry the mare saw her owner, Fiona, needing rescue from a cow gone mad, the brave horse kicked the cow away and stayed with Fiona until she safely made it to the fence.
Despite being blind, Gimpy the seal defended a marine mammal center volunteer from a pack of aggressive seal pups after he slipped and hit his head in the seal pen.
Let this story about animals unconditionally loving other animals warm your heart. Joy is a sea otter supermom at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that helps raise orphaned sea otter pups, ensuring that they grow strong enough to make it on their own in the wild. The aquarium has other sea otter supermoms just like Joy.
Unlikely Heroes highlights 30 other amazingly courageous animals that will make you love our animal friends even more. Their fearlessness and unconditional love for others may even change your life!
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