Off the coast of Wales earlier this month, a tiny pooch named Leia rushed to the aid of a baby dolphin that had beached himself on the rocky shore.
Barking frantically while her handler was taking pictures of the beach, Leia alerted him to the porpoise in need – an act that likely saved his life. “I was taking photos of the fantastic scenery when I heard my dog barking at me from further down the beach…clearly she had found something!”
Once he realized that the grey lump Leia was barking over was not a rock, but instead a baby dolphin, he leapt into action. With the camera still rolling in his one hand, he coaxed the little guy back into the water and sent him on his merry way. You can watch the entire miraculous rescue here.
Dog Saves Baby Dolphin on Criccieth Beach
“[I] stayed at the site for [a] while after to make sure he didn’t come back. [I] spoke to the coastguard once I had signal and they reported it to the science team…The little guy was lucky as there was nobody around for miles,” said the anonymous cameraman/rescuer in a post on YouTube.
The pair waited a while to make sure the newly rescued baby dolphin, now nicknamed “Buddy,” didn’t return for another round of catch and release. Once it was clear that Buddy was gone, they left the beach with a great sense of accomplishment – and one heck of a rescue video!
And while it was his hands that actually guided the tiny dolphin back into the sea, if it weren’t for Leia’s keen nose and piercing bark, the odds that he would have noticed the grey dolphin against all the similarly grey rocks is highly unlikely. Or, as he puts it “if it wasn’t for my dog barking at me I would have missed him too.”
Let’s all hope that Leia got a heaping handful of treats for being such a hero!