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UpdatePosted 04/20/2015 11:20AM

Parrot's Cries Bring Firefighters, Save House from Flames

Originally posted 04/20/2015 10:35AM

Parrots usually get short shrift in the "heroic pet" category, but there's at least one bird in Idaho who's gunning for the title.

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Thousands of Goldfish Have Seized Teller Lake in Colorado (VIDEO)

Originally posted 04/08/2015 06:30PM

Boulder, Colorado's Teller Lake is fighting a losing battle. The enemy? Goldfish. Thousands of goldfish, believed to have been dumped into the lake a few years ago, who have spawned into an occupying force.

"These are domestic fish actually. These are fish from a store I imagine. They can out-compete the native fish," Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Jennifer Churchill told local NBC affiliate 9 News.

The fish have outgrown their domestic origins. Unconstrained by a bowl, they reach much larger sizes than you'd usual see.

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UpdatePosted 03/20/2015 06:30AM

Hero Dog Saves Her Puppies from a Forest Fire in Most Creative Way Possible

Originally posted 03/19/2015 12:30PM



She was a mom on a mission.

When fire tore through a forest in Chile over the weekend, this devoted dog mama dug a hole for her newborn babies to hide in.

According to 9News, the hero dog, who has been named Blacky, created a makeshift shelter for the pups with her paws under a metal container. As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, residents said they saw a dog leading puppies away from the blaze and then burying them in the dirt.

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Rescuers Trying to Save One Dog Accidentally Save 12, Thanks to Selfless Stray

Originally posted 03/17/2015 04:15PM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets, Good Deeds

Dog Tells Robber, "Get Your Paws Off My Dad!" And Saves The Day

Originally posted 03/05/2015 06:15PM

We've teamed up with one of our favorite sites, BarkPost, to bring you and your four-legged friends even more adorable pet videos, photos and must-see stories. Check back every week for new furry fun from BarkPost!

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Filed Under: Dogs, Hero Pets
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NBC's Jill Rappaport Shares Her Mission to Save Rescue Dogs

NBC's Jill Rappaport Shares Her Mission to Save Rescue Dogs

Originally posted 02/20/2015 08:35AM

Long before Jill Rappaport became know for her animal advocacy, the NBC correspondent was already saving the lives of pets in need.

"I always had rescue dogs growing up," she tells PEOPLE. "I was the kid that would come home with a stray, even if it was a little mouse."

Now an award-winning animal advocate and author, Rappaport is teaming up with celebs including Betty White, Lindsey Vonn and Emmylou Harris for her new special Best in Shelter, which aims to raise awareness for homeless animals and to help them find their forever homes.

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Credit: Contra Costa Animal Services
The Daily Treat: Hero Dog Saves 5-Week-Old Puppies Abandoned in Garbage Bag

The Daily Treat: Hero Dog Saves 5-Week-Old Puppies Abandoned in Garbage Bag

Originally posted 01/23/2015 06:50AM

A six-year-old Australian shepherd named Sausage is being credited for saving the life of three puppies that were discovered inside a garbage bag in Pleasant Hill, California.

"It is one of the feel good stories of the year," Rick Golphin, deputy director of Contra Costa County Animal Services, tells PEOPLE.

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UpdatePosted 01/20/2015 07:00AM

Heroic Pot-Bellied Pig Foils Attempted Robbery in England

Originally posted 01/19/2015 02:05PM

There are a lot of heroic pets in the world, but none more unlikely than Ludwig.

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Hero Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death

UpdatePosted 01/16/2015 07:50PM

The Daily Treat: Hero Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death

Originally posted 01/16/2015 12:30PM

Who says cats are self-absorbed?

A long-haired cat from Obninsk, Russia, came to the aid of an abandoned baby recently and is being called a hero. The furry feline kept the baby boy warm and even meowed to get the attention of passersby, the New York Post reports.

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Filed Under: Cats, Hero Pets
Florida Teen Survives Bear Attack with the Help of Her Dog

Florida Teen Survives Bear Attack with the Help of Her Dog

Originally posted 12/27/2014 07:30AM

Leah Reeder was out for a walk with her dog, Ralph, on Sunday when she was suddenly attacked by a black bear in Eastpoint, Florida.

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