LULU the Potbellied pig
Pigs are perhaps the smartest domestic animals known - more so than cats and dogs, according to some experts. Lulu's heroic act is a prime example.
In 1997, Jo Ann and Jack Altsman of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, had agreed to baby-sit their daughter's pot-bellied pig, Lulu. The temporary babysitting turned into a permanent fixture as the bond between the pig and her new parents grew strong. So strong in fact, that when Jo Ann had a heart attack, Lulu was there to save the day.
Jo Ann's heart attack came on August 4, 1998, while her husband was out of town on a fishing trip. She collapsed on the floor and yelled for help. She even managed to throw an alarm clock out of the window in an attempt to get the attention of anyone that might have been nearby. No one was around.
Their only dog, an American Eskimo named Bear, barked and barked. Lulu must have realized it was not enough and decided to act. She forced her way out of the yard in a way that left her skin torn and bleeding. She ran toward the road. When a car would approach, the pig would walk into the road and lie down. Each time the car didn't stop, the pig ran back to check on her human and then back to the road. Eventually, a motorcyclist stopped and followed the pig to Jo Ann, where he was able to use his phone to call 911. What a brave piggie! At the Mayflower Hotel in New York, LuLu received the coveted Tiffany gold hero's medal from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She has made appearances on Oprah Winfrey Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
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