The Tampa Police Department arrived on the scene to rescue the pup from the water, and one officer snapped a picture of the large, drifting shape beneath the surface. Once the dog was out of the water, he was overjoyed to be reunited with his family. He had some scrapes and bruises from trying to climb the wall, but she was healthy.
We’ll never know for sure what the manatee was doing there. But I like to think that she sensed the distress of a fellow animal and wanted to provide comfort to the scared dog. Sometimes kindness transcends species, and these two creatures from different worlds found each other.
What do you think? Was the manatee there to keep the dog company? Let us know in the comments below.
Wag of the tail to BarkPost for reporting the story.