Humans faced a lot of invasions across the world, created their own history. Another interesting fact is that most popular people on earth had some animals to help them at every step to change the history. Most of these animals became the inspiration for us by offering their selfless services to mankind. They made their own history as the most important part of our life. Here are some of the historically popular animals and their epic tales –
1. Sergeant Stubby – The Patriotic Dog
Stubby was a brave Pit bull who served the nation as a sergeant. He served the US Army during the First World War as a furious war dog. He was assigned at Yale Field, Connecticut in 1916-17 where he met Corporal Robert Conroy and traveled to France. He performed several military tasks. He served with infantry for 18 months. He had great sense of smell and sound to warn soldiers, save lives, and to find and help wounded soldiers. He played an important role in 17 battles and 4 offensives, and wounded several times. In 1918, he returned to the US and honored with many medals, appreciations and acknowledgements. He passed away at the age of 10 years, on April 4, 1926.
2. Maharana Pratap’s Warhorse – Chetak
The warhorse Chetak served during the Haldighati battle in the year 1576. It was owned by Maharana Pratap, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. The Marwari horse was the great example of loyalty and valiance as he served Rana Pratap throughout his life. When the Mughal commander, Man Singh came against Pratap over his elephant, the horse struck his hooves on the elephant’s head and gave a chance to Pratap so he can throw his lance. But it killed the mahout and missed Man Singh. In the clash, the horse’s leg was torn by the elephant’s tusk.
But Chetak still managed to carry Pratap away to escape so he can rule Mewar. He ran faster but collapsed when he had to cross the pool. You can see the statue of him in Rajsamand and his tale of bravery is still alive in Rajasthani folklore.
3. The Homing Pigeon – Cher Ami
In 1918, Cher Ami served US Army Signal Corps during the First World War in France. Over 500 men were trapped in trouble on the hillside without having arms and food, during the battle against Germany. They were trapped by the Germans and getting killed. They were also getting friendly fire by allied troops who didn’t know the location. After a couple of failed attempts for help, Major Whittlesey relied on Cher Ami and sent her. The pigeon flew through the flying bullets and fell. Instead giving up, she rose and continues flying for around 25 miles, despite having chest wounded with a bullet. She lost her one eye when she reached and her one leg was dangling. She managed to dispatch the note saying, “We are on the route to 276.4. Our artillery is about to drop a barrage on us. Stop it.” It saved the Lost Battalion. She got a wooden leg, medical help, awards, and a post in the Department of Service’s mascot. The legend passed away on June 13, 1919.
4. The Explorer Hippo – Huberta
Initially, Huberta was mistaken a male and called Hubert. The hippo started the voyage from St. Lucia Estuary, Zululand to Eastern Cape, South Africa, in November 1928. She started a 1600km long journey and completed in 3 years. During her journey, she became a celebrity in South Africa. She crossed 122 rivers on her journey and was announced the Royal Game. She was shot dead by some sick hunters.
5. The Sled Dog – Balto
Born in 1919, it was a sled dog from the Siberian husky breed. In Nome, the diphtheria outbreak was spread in 1925, and the antitoxin to deal with the disease was being moved from Anchorage, Alaska to Nenaga by rail. The sled dog was appointed to carry the antitoxin from there, to Nome. With his leadership and selfless service, he managed to save the lives of many. This brave dog passed away at the age of 14 years on March 14, 1933.
6. The Unsinkable Sam
Mr. Sam was a brave cat survived 3 shipwrecks in Second World War. In May 1941, the cat survived for the first time from a warship, Bismarck. He was named Oskar who outlived 2000 crew members, when the British warship, HMS Cossack damaged in torpedo the same year, and torn with the explosion. The cat then called Oscar and survived the shipwreck where 159 lives were lost. The cat reached the Gibraltar shore. Then, he was named as the Unsinkable Sam and started living on HMS Ark Royal which was torpedoed. Fortunately, he was found in angry but safe condition on the plank and crew members were also found safe. He breathed his last in 1955.
7. The Dog who Traveled Space – Laika
This stray mongrel in Moscow was born with a great fortune. Laika was the first canine who travelled space and orbited the planet Earth. The dog was selected by the Russian Scientists to board the Soviet spacecraft, Sputnik 2, in the year 1957. The technology to bring the rocket back from space was still unknown. So, scientists sent Laika as a precursor of space journeys. Before her, no other animal was sent out to the orbit. But the animal unfortunately died of overheating within 6 to 7 hours.
8. The Prohibited Mongoose – Mr. Magoo
In the US, Mongoose is prohibited. But a foreign sailor handed Mr. Magoo to the zoo. On November 15, 1962, the mongoose was taken from the zoo and sentenced to deportation to India, his motherland, or death. It caused huge uproar. Within just a weekend, thousands of people visited him. Eventually, the authorities gave a reprieve to him. He lived his life drinking tea and eating eggs and a free reign to the zoo. He died on 1968.
9. The Astrochimp – Ham
Born on July 1956, ham was only 3 years old when he reached the Holloman Air Force Base in 1959 in the US. He was called as the Chop Chop Chang and No. 65 by the handlers and officials. He got proper training for pushing the lever and boarded Mercury capsule. He took the journey to the space for 16 minutes and 39 seconds to return to the earth with his level-pushing training and spacesuit. After living happily for 17 years, he died in the year 1983.
10. The Cloned Sheep – Dolly
Dolly is well known as the most popular sheep in the world as she was born with cloning of mammary glands of a ewe, on July 5, 1996.