Beth-Ann sent a link to this video that has been viewed on You Tube well over one million times in the past two days. A baby goat at a petting zoo is in distress. Apparently the goat’s foot is stuck underwater and the animal can’t get out of the pond.
For reasons that will soon become clear, a pig is sent to the rescue.
Some people (and animals) are just good in a crisis. Others (like me), tend to stand around and watch, not knowing what to do.
Researchers have studied crisis situation response and based on their reports most people misjudge how they would respond in an emergency. We all tend to think we’d behave better than we actually do. A more common response is to over-think the situation, resulting in paralysis.
it is obvious that this heroic pig, let’s call him Wilbur, refrained from pre-judging the conditions and simply responded with common sense to the facts as they presented themselves to him.
Goat in trouble. Goat needs a helping push. Let’s swim out there and push the goat.
Not a lot of agonizing there about a possible lawsuit or getting in trouble for jumping in the pond or privacy worries should this wind up on You Tube or that a tabloid photographer would snap and distribute a topless pig photo or any squeamishness at all over possibly swallowing some goat flavored water – the pig simply did what had to be done!
Or maybe the pig thought the goat had found something good to eat and went out there to investigate. Heroism sometimes happens by accident.
A potentially drowning baby goat is not the same thing as Hurricane Katrina, but this is a good opportunity to note that what is left of September is still part of National Preparedness Month.
Of course, if I was a different sort of person, I would have been prepared to observe this several weeks ago!
Are you ready for an emergency?