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Animals are able to feel so much love, compassion, bravery and intelligence – more than we credit them for.

These 14 incredible stories prove animals are so much deeper than we realize. Amazing.

#1. These two guide dogs, Salty and Roselle, carefully led their owners out of the World Trade Center on September 11th, before the towers collapsed. The dogs saved their lives. 

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#2. The beluga whale who saved a free diver from drowning. The diver had paralyzing leg cramps 20 feet below the surface.

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Yang Yun began to choke as she sank to the bottom of the arctic pool, totally paralyzed by her cramped legs. This beluga whale, Mila, quickly grabbed her and guided her safely to the top of the pool.

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#3. Oscar the cat could sense when someone is about to die. When one of the residents at his nursing home was nearing death, Oscar would sit quietly on their bed during their last moments. 

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One relative of two sisters who died in that nursing home said, “Oscar’s presence gave a sense of completion and contentment. Both women loved pets. Oscar brought a special serenity to the room. What’s more peaceful than a purring cat? What sound more beautiful to fill one’s ears when leaving this life?”

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#4. Koko the gorilla reacts to a sad part of her favorite movie, Tea With Mussolini. She signs the words like cry, love, frown, as she visibly tears up.

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#5. Alex the African gray parrot was able to identify different colors and count numbers. He had an incredible relationship with his person, Irene Pepperberg. When Alex died in 2007, his last words to her were “You be good. I love you.”

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#6. Mother cows grieve when they are separated from their calves. The mother’s cries can be heard from a distance.

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Also, according to scientist Krista McLennan cows have best friends and get stressed when they are separated. “When heifers have their preferred partner with them, their stress levels in terms of their heart rates are reduced compared with if they were with a random individual.”

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#7. George, a Jack Russell terrier gave his life fighting for a group of young children who were being attacked by wild dogs. 

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#8. Kwibi the gorilla, still remembered his old friend, Damian, who had raised him since little.

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5 years later, Damian returned to West Africa to try and find Kwibi, despite being told that he had become hostile to humans. Damian called out to Kwibi the same way he always used to. 

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Kwibi heard Damien calling him and came out of the bushes.

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Kwibi came right up next to him. Damian said, “He looked into my eyes with such intensity and such love. It was an incredible experience.”

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“He wouldn’t let me go.”

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“I can honestly say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

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#9. In 2011, a professional diver discovered that fish use tools to perform tasks. He snapped this image of a fish smashing a clam against a rock to open it, proving that fish have superior capabilities. 

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#10. When Ellie, a blind spaniel, was adopted by shelter manager Jean Spencer, she never expected that her other dog, Leo, a German shepherd, would choose to become her very own seeing-eye dog. They are now best friends, doing everything together. “I take them for walks in the park and Leo guides Ellie around,” says Spencer. “He is so protective and herds the more boisterous dogs away from her.”

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#11. At the Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, a chimp named Dorothy died of heart failure. Her fellow chimpanzee companions hugged each other close and solemnly watched as their friend was laid to rest.

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#12. The story of Christian the Lion who was adopted by two men in 1969 is a famous one.

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Christian was released into the wild when he got too big. 

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A year later, the men went to find out how Christian was doing. The lion was the head of his pride. 

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They were told he probably wouldn’t remember them. But just look at what happened. 

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#13. Jenny and Shirley were two abused circus elephants who were held captive.  At the time, Jenny was a baby and Shirley was 20. They were reunited at an elephant sanctuary 25 years later.  The night of their reunion, they were so excited that they both bent back the bars of their cages to get closer to each other.

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Once they were released, the long lost friends became inseparable, sharing their happiness together. 

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#14. When Lawrence Anthony, a known elephant whisperer died, a procession of elephants came to pay their last respects. Lawrence was an African conservationist who had rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during the US invasion in 2003. 

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Two days after he passed away, wild elephants showed up at his home, led by two large matriarchs. Wild herds arrived in huge droves to say goodbye to their beloved friend. A total of 31 elephants had faithfully walked over 12 miles to get to his South African House.

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[Credit via BuzzFeed.com]

There are so many more beautiful stories just like these that prove without a doubt that animals are brave, deep, intelligent souls that understand compassion and love.

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