There is nothing better than hearing a story about kind people stepping in to help animals. From rescuing a puppy from a ditch, helping a finch frozen on a metal fence to saving farm animals from freezing conditions, animal lovers will go above and beyond to help any animal in need. And four young men did exactly that, recently.
When Tyronne, Troy, and Sy Neilson along with their friend Ashley Ross, noticed something unusually large on the sand in the distance off the coast of Queensland, Australia, they weren’t sure what they were seeing. But it didn’t take long to confirm with binoculars that indeed, they had spotted a stranded dolphin.
The boys phoned Tin Can Bay Parks and Wildlife but didn’t get a response. With no time to spare, they hailed the Manta Ray Barge operators. The Fraser Island car ferry, operated by Manta Ray Barge, stopped its scheduled trips and carried the boys to the small island, where the dolphin was stranded 10 miles from the shoreline.
“It had a good look at all of us,” said Tyronne, before helping the dolphin get back into the water, while they others kept the dolphin wet. What was the reason these boys decided to go so above and beyond for this animal? Well, as Ashley explained, “I think they have a brain similar to ours.” He further detailed that dolphins, “communicate with humans so well.” Knowing this, how could they just let the dolphin suffer?
Dolphins are among the most complex and intelligent species on the planet. They are self-aware and have the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror and notice changes in their appearance. And just like us, they have deep social and emotional bonds with their pod members.
Tyronne noted that when the dolphin reached the sea, she headed straight for a handful of dolphins and immediately began frolicking, giving the boys the clear signal the rescue was a success!
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