Dolphins Rescue Lost Dog from DrowningFeb 24th, 2011 | By Mari Smith | Category: Lifestyle
Dolphins saved a Doberman that got stuck in a canal on Marco Island off the coast of Southwest Florida Monday.
The dog, Turbo, is an 11-year-old Doberman Pinshcer owned by Cindy Burnett. Turbo’s gate was left open Sunday night and he disappeared. Burnett and her sons went looking for him at that time but could not find him after looking and looking.
“I searched and searched and called his name,” Burnett said. “I drove through this street at least five or six times.”
It was 15 hours before splashing from the canal finally alerted neighbors to Turbo’s plight. A woman called 911 and then jumped in the water and got Turbo out. The woman later told Burnett, “dolphins were with him.”
By the time Turbo was rescued, “He was shivering and a lot of distress,” Burnett said.
Burnett credits the dolphins with helping Turbo stay afloat all night. “If he had to tread water all night long, I know he wouldn’t have been able to.”
Dolphins are known to help other dolphins and drowning humans stay afloat. Dolphins are mammals, and unlike fish they must breathe air periodically through the holes in their head, so they must be able to surface to survive. If one dolphin starts struggling to stay afloat, others will use their fins to prop it up. Dolphins have also been known to help drowning humans and humans attacked by sharks.
Turbo has been rejoined with his family. But Burnett says she doesn’t expect him to go near the water any time in the near future.