Monday 29 August 2022

Miraculous | Story Of Poor Dog Falling Into Canal, Fighting For Life Until Dolphins Save Him False

Did a dog fall into a canal and almost drown before a dolphin rescued it, as pictured in viral news? No, that's not true.

Update: An earlier version of this story claimed, "Poor Dog Falls Into Canal And Fights For Life Until Group Of Dolphins Save Him In Miraculous Effort". The story was later found to be false and misreported.

A story about a group of dolphins saving a dog that was drowning went viral with several news sites reporting it. However, it has been found that the story is anything but true. It was reported as fake news. Initially, it was reportad that the dog, "Turbo escaped from the yard of his owner, Cindy Burnett, on Florida's Marco Island, and ended up paddling in a nearby canel that led to the ocean. When Cindy came home and discovered he wasn’t there, she drove around town through the night trying to find him on the street. Turbo had been reported to be missing for 15 hours when neighbors were alerted to his plight by a pod of dolphins, which were swimming with Turbo and splashing loudly. Burnett called the dolphin-aided rescue 'a miracle'."

It was also added that firefighters were able to lift the puppy over the sandbar and return him back to his owners, relatively unharmed. However, the true story is that such an incident never really happened. The image of the brown dog riding on the back of a dolphin is apparently from a short film titled Zeus and Roxanne, which was the work of a Dutch filmmaker, reported fact-checking site lead stories. The viral image was a screengrab from the short film that runs just six minutes. You can watch it here below.

However, we suggest you meet the real turbo here. The report is about how splashing dolphins lead a worried owner to her Doberman who was stranded in a canal.



Irrespective of the reported incident, dolphins are known to be very caring creatures. Lori Marino, one of the world's leading experts on dolphins, explained that dolphins display a startling amount of empathy towards other species. “They’re a very social, very caring species," she explained. “They care for each other in ways that no other species does. So I think when they know that somebody else is in trouble, it’s part of their nature to help." She added that if an animal was beginning to sink, their natural response would be to lift it up to the surface. "That’s what they do when one of their own kind or a dolphin from another species is injured," Marino explained. "And mothers do it for their calves to make sure they come up to the surface in enough time to breathe. So they’re just extending their natural caregiving behavior to another species."

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