While we have ambulances, rescue helicopters and fire engines, animals have nothing but paws. Paws and tails. Most of them don't even have opposable thumbs.
This is why it's surprising, then, that some of them are as good at rescuing their animal counterparts as us humans. Here are 5 videos of heroic animals:
PIG RESCUES BABY GOAT
Spiderpig may be able to climb walls, but we all know that his webbing won't work when exposed to water.
ORANGUTAN SAVES DROWNING CHICK
This Orangutan's heart's in the right place, even if his resuscitation methods leave a lot to be desired (picking up the injured by the head is NOT what they taught you in your First Aid training course, Orangutan!)
While the CPR ultimately failed (what do you expect – IT'S A HIPPO) we must at least appreciate his efforts. You have our respect, hippo.
DOG SAVES HER PUPPY
I hear David Hasselhoff is upset that he no longer has the hairest chest in the lifeguarding business.
HOMELESS HERO DOG
And now we end on a downer, with a story that tugs on so many heartstrings it's surprising that Disney hasn't adapted it to film.