Unlikely heroes enter the fray to help others when no one else will. They aren’t the firefighters, police officers, or military professionals but average, everyday people, doing the right thing at the right time. They come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and even species! Yes, even animals have lent a helping hand. All it takes is the courage to act. Curious to see who these unlikely heroes are? Here are 25 Unlikely Heroes You’ll Want To Know About.
Ace the Pit Bull
When Ace, a two-year-old pit bull, smelled fire, he knew exactly what to do. He ran into his deaf teenage owner’s room and repeatedly began licking his face. Nick Lamb, the teenager, didn’t have his cochlear implants in and couldn’t hear the fire. Without any shoes, he and Ace ran out the back door and called 911.
Binti-Jua the Gorilla
In 1996, when a 3-year-old toddler fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo, people looked on in horror, afraid of what the gorillas might do to him. Fortunately, a female gorilla named Binti-Jua approached the boy and cradled him in her arms before setting him down by the door, waiting for the paramedics. Her maternal instincts are believed to have kicked in to take care of the child.
When Marcos Ugarte, 14, and his father heard screams and saw an orange hue in the distance in their neighborhood, they acted quickly. They raced inside the burning house to help the family inside and successfully got them out. They even managed to save the 8-year-old boy who was trapped in a closet. When they couldn’t reach him, Marcos got a ladder, climbed it, and got through a window, guiding the 8-year-old out and to safety.
When a toddler was accidentally trapped in her grandmother’s vehicle, Zavi Achmed came to the rescue. The police broke the glass to get inside but they couldn’t fit, so Zavi offered to climb in and get the keys. The best part? Zavi was wearing a Batman costume.
Kole Devisscher saw a blue coat floating in the river and at first didn’t think anything of it. But, when he decided to take a second look, he realized someone was struggling in the water. Breaking into action, Devisscher got a rope from his truck and raced to help 10-year-old Ralph Chartrand Jr. from drowning. He pulled him to safety out of the frigid water.
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