An incredible display of dolphin intelligence and compassion was witnessed by Florida residents after a group of dolphins helped save a drowning dog.
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Dolphins have always fascinated humans with their amazing intelligence and compassionate nature. While the sight of a pod of dolphins alone would be enough to form a crowd in a matter of minutes, a group of these overwhelmingly cute creatures set an unbelievable scene for residents in Florida a few years ago. Coming across a distressed dog drowning in a canal, they rose to the occasion in an incredibly inspiring manner to make sure the deep waters did not claim the poor animal's life. The incident which occurred on Marco Island, Florida, was no less than a moving Hollywood movie.
According to The Epoch Times, an 11-year-old Doberman Pinscher named Turbo had been missing for 15 hours when a group of dolphins found him struggling to keep his head above the waters in the canal. The adventurous pooch belonged to local resident Cindy Burnett and had escaped from his home on a Sunday night after his gate was left open. Although Burnett searched the neighborhood tirelessly, she'd been unable to locate the missing dog.
Speaking to NBC 2, she said, "I searched and searched and called his name. I drove through this street at least five or six times." What Burnett and her family did not know was that their dear Turbo had fallen into the canal by mistake and was struggling to get out. If it wasn't for a group of unlikely heroes, they might've never seen their beloved dog again. Seeing Turbo desperately trying to stay afloat, the dolphins started a persistent chorus of splashing in the hopes of alerting residents nearby of the drowning dog.
Fortunately, their plan worked. Residents half a mile away from the location heard the ruckus created by the dolphins and came to investigate. Mr. and Mrs. D'Alessandro, from Pennsylvania, were on vacation and on their way to go fishing when they heard the dolphins' cacophony. Speaking of what they saw when they arrived at the scene, the couple said, "We saw these two dolphins and they were splashing and making this big commotion." The dolphins' strange behavior struck Audrey D'Alessandro's curiosity and moved closer to investigate. This was when she spotted the exhausted Doberman in the water.
Alarmed, the couple immediately alerted local officials about the drowning animal. Turbo was too tired from treading water to bark for himself and was barely managing to keep his head above the surface. He was unable to climb out of the water due to the high canal wall. Thankfully firefighters lost no time in coming to his rescue once they received the D'Alessandro couple's call and pulled Turbo out of the water. And they couldn't have done it a minute sooner as poor Turbo was just about ready to give up.
"He was shivering and in a lot of distress. If he’d had to tread water all night long, I know he wouldn’t have been able to," said Burnett speaking of the state her dog was found in. According to WPTV News, Turbo, who was "77-years-old in doggy years," at the time is believed to have kept himself afloat for 15 hours without respite. He wasn't even able to drink any water in that duration as the water in the Marco Island canal is saltwater and drinking it would've further dehydrated him.
Although he was a bit wary of the water after the traumatic incident, Turbo bounced back to perfect health after reuniting with his loved ones. However, he owes his life to his dolphin pals and their incredible display of compassion and intelligence. The pod of friendly Floridian dolphins became a shining testament of their kind's predisposition to help vulnerable others, a fact even marine biologists agree. Speaking on the subject, Dr. Rochelle Constantine from the Auckland University School of Biological Science, said, "Dolphins are known for helping helpless things. It is an altruistic response, and bottlenose dolphins, in particular, are known for it."