A small pig has been called a hero when it dives into a petting zoo pond to save a drowning baby goat.

At the beginning of the tape, the indifferent cameraman simply says, “goat in the water,” and then continues to film while the animal struggles to stay above water.

That’s when the brave pig dashes into the water, heading straight for the baby goat and nudging it toward the shore.

The two animals climb back onto the shore and go about their business.

The video then cuts to the pig, back to its normal routine, with the cameraman declaring, “And there he is, the hero pig.”

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An 11-year-old boy is being called a hero after taking the wheel of his school bus in Florida after the driver suffered a medical condition on Tuesday.

Jackson Bonar was the last kid on his bus coming home from school when just blocks from his home his bus driver, 55-year-old Robert Kelly, suffered a medical condition and passed out.

“He started curving and he made a strange face and me and started going toward a tree, so I put my foot on the brakes but the bus was still moving so I turned the steering wheel so the airbag wouldn’t go out and hurt him anymore,” said Bonar.

The sixth grader took the wheel, avoided a tree and guided the bus into a fence as he hit the brakes.

“I was very scared,” said Bonar.

Right after the accident, he called him mom.

“He was just screaming in the phone and I thought he was playing around and I just yelled at him, ‘Stop! I can’t understand you!’ He said, ‘Mom the bus driver he just had a stroke, he just had a heart attack.’ I called 911 and headed down to the bus,” said Paula Bonar.

Robert Kelly was taken to Naples Community Hospital.

He and his family are in awe of the boy’s courage.

“Amazing. He’s just a little brave man isn’t he? I mean, how do you do that? 11-years-old, that’s amazing. I’ve seen grown folks that don’t react as quickly,” said Kelly’s wife, Kathleen.

While doctors still don’t know what happened to Kelly, he says he feels as healthy as ever and can’t wait to get out of the hospital so he can thank Jackson for diverting a possible disaster.

“I’d give him a big hug, just give him a big hug and thank him from the bottom of my heart, nice little boy,” he said.

Family members say Jackson knew what to do because he has experience driving golf carts and four wheelers.

Kelly should be out of the hospital and back on his bus route in a day or two.

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Mike Polocz, of Soldotna, Alaska, was hoping to commune with nature when he made the decision to float the upper Kenai River last weekend. He never expected it to be such an intense experience.

“I’ve been on many fishing and hunting trips in my life and I’ve never experienced anything like this,” he said.

Polocz was hoping for a fun weekend away from work, but with the bag limit for sockeye salmon being liberalized to double the normal harvest, he wasn’t interested in being among the big crowds of combat fishermen that had come to catch them.

He wanted to do something a little less stressful and more serene, so he decided to target trout with his son and a family friend.

“We had put in at Jim’s Landing, and had just gone through the final set of rapids when we noticed a brown bear sow and her cubs fishing for reds,”

Polocz said. “As we got a closer look, though, one of the cubs wasn’t fishing. It was stuck in a whirlpool and drowning.”

The mother bruin — which Polocz said was a behemoth of a bear — wasn’t far away, but he said he felt compelled to help the cub.

It looked to be about 4 to 6 months old, less than 50 pounds, cinnamon-coloured and was shrieking an ear-splitting, teeth-grinding, terror-stricken racket as it swirled in the foaming whitewater just yards away from his boat.

“I was so close I could look into its eyes and they were wide open and filled with just sheer terror. I couldn’t watch this defenseless animal suffer. I was ready to go in after it if it went under,” he said.

But the bear did not fully submerge. Instead, with his son steering the boat, Polocz used the rim of a landing net to try to push the cub out of the current holding it in place.

This, however, was more difficult that it seemed, due to the tiny bruin’s desperation.

“He was so physically exhausted and distressed that when I put the net near him, he tried to climb into it. I wanted to save him, but I didn’t want that. If it got in the net, I knew we would have to get him in the boat and possibly commit to physically putting him on shore, and that seemed way too risky,” he said.

For about 10 to 15 minutes, Polocz did his best to push and prod the cub to the safety of slower-moving water. Just as it seemed the cub was on the verge of complete exhaustion, Polocz got in a lucky poke.

“I gave him one last nudge with the net and he broke out of the eddy,” he said.

The cub wearily paddled to shore and climbed out of the water. Once on dry land it gave out another loud cry. The sow locked onto the sound and came crashing through the woods to reunite with her offspring.

Polocz said it was an emotional moment for everyone watching.

“There were three pretty tough guys in the boat, and there wasn’t a dry eye among us,” he said.

What particularly moved Polocz was how serendipitous it was that the whole incident transpired when it did.

“I’ve never been on that river and not seen several boats, but we were the only people on the water that day. We didn’t see another person, and I honestly think if we had come by five minutes earlier we wouldn’t have seen a thing, and had we come by five minutes later, that cub would have been drowned,” he said.

Polocz’s friend captured much of the incident on his iPhone, but it cut out just before they finally got the bear to safety. As to what the bear may have taken away from the incident, Polocz said he hopes it learned to steer clear of that particular area.

“I’d like to think he’ll be eating berries, rather than fish, at least for a while,” he said.

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Lauren Kornacki learned CPR several times. For years she’s worked as a lifeguard.

The 22-year-old just graduated from Mary Washington with a physics degree, but while looking for work, she decided to return to something familiar to earn a little money.

Two days ago, her supervisor held a review session on CPR skills.

On Saturday Lauren used what she learned to save her father’s life.

“I opened up his airway to make sure he could breathe and everything and at that point I’m just telling him, talking to him,” said Lauren. “You can’t leave me. Just stay with me. Keep breathing.”

Lauren’s father, Alec, was working on his car, a BMW 525i.

The jack slipped and the car fell on top of him.

Lauren was on her way out the door when she came upon him, unconscious and crushed.

“As I go to open the garage door I hear a primal scream, like…dial 911!” said Lauren’s mother, Liz.

That scream was Lauren discovering her father.

“There was no tire,” said Lauren. Seconds later, she did what most would consider unthinkable, she moved a car weighing a ton and a half off her father’s body.

“I just lifted up kind of right here and just kind of threw it, shoved my body as hard as I could then I came back and dragged him out and started CPR,” Lauren said. “It flashed like, I’m going to lose my dad. His eyes were open, he wasn’t responding to me. I knew I had to get his heart beating again and I had to get him breathing.”

And in that moment, with those skills and strength, she was the only person keeping her Daddy alive.

“I’m just telling him, talking to him. You can’t leave me,” said Lauren. “Just stay with me. Keep breathing.”

Her father is still in the ICU, but walking and finally getting the chance to thank Lauren.

“I told him what happened,” said Liz. “He just, the tears just come to his eyes. He said thank you for saving my life and she just smiled her blue eyed smile and that was it.”

“Just seeing him move and breathing I literally just sat there and was watching his chest rise and that’s when I lost it,” said Lauren. “I just couldn’t handle it.”

Liz says Lauren is the reason Alec is alive.

She says he was without oxygen and a heart beat for less than five minutes.

“She got his heart beating again and got him breathing again,” said Liz. “So, she’s it. He gave her life and then he gave her life. I am in awe of her. I am in awe of her. She is the day. She saved the day. I can’t even tell you how proud I am of her.”

Alec’s doctors didn’t want him to speak on camera just yet, because he’s still in the ICU.

He has several broken ribs, some numbness, and other fractures, but nothing that appears to be permanent damage.

He also asked us to share this statement:

“I’m just so lucky and proud that I have daughters that can perform CPR and have the knowledge to save lives. I think it’s an important skill for everyone to know and if it weren’t for Lauren I would not be alive today.”

Alec has three daughters. All three know CPR.

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Baby sloths really like to cuddle, especially when they nurse. So when infant sloth Sjakie needed more milk, its Dutch zookeepers had to turn to a teddy bear to keep their new addition company while it eats.

The toddler who donated the toy is thrilled. Soon after Sjakie was born on May 19, the baby sloth began making noises that indicated it was hungry.

Zookeepers at the Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands, quickly figured out that the mother wasn’t producing enough milk, and that the baby would need to be fed with a syringe.

The only problem is that baby sloths cling to their mother’s fur while feeding, so they needed a cuddly substitute.

“We tried to find something that resembled the fur of the mother,” zoo biologist Wineke Schoo said. “In the zoo, we have lots of shops with teddy bears, so we tried some.”

Baby Sjakie, however, didn’t care for any of them. But then the 2-year-old daughter of one of the zookeepers heard the story and offered up her own teddy bear.

The infant took to the unnamed bear and now grasps it while zookeepers feed her extra milk as well as pureed vegetables, such as carrots, fennel and zucchini.

The toddler “likes it very much that the sloth is using her bear,” Schoo said.

Zookeepers got the idea after Sjakie’s parents lost a baby in 2011, just a week after it was born.

Even though the mother was “doing the right things,” Schoo said, “it didn’t go well.”

They contacted zoos in Germany to find an answer and realized that Sjakie’s mother, who is from a zoo in Zurich, may not be able to produce enough milk.

A zoo in the western German city of Dortmund gave them the idea of using a teddy bear, sending pictures of the practice to the Dutch zoo.

In 2008, the Frankfurt Zoological Garden also used the same technique to feed their new sloth baby, Oskar.

Since sloth baby Sjakie sometimes urinates on the stuffed animal, its handlers got it a second similar teddy they can put in the washing machine.

Sjakie’s mother still takes care of her baby, too.

The sloth “hangs with her mother, she is really relaxed,” Schoo said.

Keepers still don’t know, however, whether Sjakie is a male or a female. Schoo says that because sloths’ genitals are inside their bodies, they will need a sonogram to determine its gender.

“But, for now, that is not important,” Schoo said.

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Tomas Lopez did exactly what lifeguards are paid and trained to do when he rushed down Hallandale Beach in Florida to rescue a drowning man.

Only this time he then got fired for it by the heartless company he worked for.

The problem occurred because Lopez stepped out of the beach zone his company is paid to patrol, a supervisor said.

“I ran out to do the job I was trained to do,” said Lopez, 21, of Davie. “I didn’t think about it at all.”

At least two other lifeguards have quit in protest.

“What was he supposed to do? Watch a man drown?” asked one, Szilard Janko.

Lifeguards in Hallandale Beach work for Orlando-based company Jeff Ellis and Associates, which has been providing lifeguard services for the city’s beaches and pools since 2003.

Company officials said Lopez broke a rule that could’ve put beachgoers in his designated area in jeopardy. The firm could ultimately have been sued, officials said.

“We have liability issues and can’t go out of the protected area,” said supervisor Susan Ellis. “What he did was his own decision. He knew the company rules and did what he thought he needed to do.”

Lopez said he was sitting at his post at about 1:45 p.m. on Monday when someone rushed to his stand asking for help.

Lopez said he noticed a man struggling in the water south of his post. The man was previously swimming in an “unprotected” stretch of the beach, city officials confirmed.

“It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasn’t going to say no,” he said.

Company officials said the rescue took place about 1,500 feet south of the company’s protective boundaries. The unprotected area has signs alerting beachgoers to swim at their own risk.

By the time Lopez arrived, several witnesses had pulled the unidentified man out of the water. Lopez said the man appeared semi-conscious and had water in his lungs.

Lopez said he and a off-duty nurse attended to the man until the city’s paramedics arrived.

The man, whose identity was not released because of medical privacy laws, was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care, said city spokesman Peter Dobens.

After the incident, Lopez said his boss asked him to fill out an incident report. His boss then fired him for leaving his assigned area.

“They didn’t tell me in a bad way. It was more like they were sorry, but rules are rules,” Lopez said. “I couldn’t believe what was happening.”

Lopez became a lifeguard four months ago after passing the company’s requirements, which include swimming and physical exams. The job pays $8.25 an hour, the lifeguards said.

Company officials said other lifeguards watched over Lopez’s area during the rescue and were on the phone with 911 operators.

“The beach remained protected at all times,” Ellis said.

One would have to wonder what would have happened if Lopez had not reacted and the man had died. Would someone have then sued the company and Lopez?

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