Moko the dolphin and Japanese dog named by Time as heroic animals
Apr 1, 2011
A New Zealand bottlenose dolphin who helped rescue a pygmy sperm whale and her calf was recently named by Time magazine as one of the most heroic animals of all time, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Also named in the magazine was the dog shown on video footage in Japan who would not leave the side of his injured canine companion after the March 11 earthquake.
Moko the dolphin came in 8th on the list of "Top 10 Heroic Animals" was credited for "doing what humans could not."
"[Moko] seemed to communicate with the two whales and lead them safely back into deeper water," according to the Time report.
Other animals listed as the top heroes include a messenger pigeon during World War I, who helped save 194 solders, as well as Trakr, the rescue dog that found a September 11 survivor. There was also Simon the cat, who helped destroy a rodent infestation aboard a British Royal Navy ship and was later awarded a Dickin Medal.