Dog Protects Wounded Friend On Icy Train Track for 2 Days

Dog Protects Wounded Friend On Icy Train Track for 2 Days

It’s good to have friends who will stick by you when you’re down. Just ask Lucy and Panda, two Ukrainian dogs whose friendship was literally a life saver.

Lucy was somehow injured near a live — and icy — train track near Uzhgorod in Ukraine. Despite harsh winter weather and the constant threat of trains, her dog-friend, Panda, would not abandon her side. He laid by her to keep her warm, and tucked in close when the trains pounded over them for two days until they were rescued.

Denis Malafeyev, a local man who was alerted to the dogs predicament and went to the site to help, captured their astonishing technique of survival in a must see to believe video.

“When we arrived, it turned out that one of the dogs, the female, was injured and couldn’t move,” Malafeyev said on social media. “But the male dog was protecting her from us.”

Then he heard a train coming down the track and feared the worst.

“The male dog heard the sound of the approaching train, came close to the female dog, and laid next to her. Both of them pushed their heads toward the ground, and let the train pass.”

The dogs had been living this terrifying, repeating scenario for two days, and despite being understandably stressed and cold, had few remarkable injuries from the train.

Eventually, both dogs were safely removed from the train tracks, received medical attention, and were reunited with their human companion.

Photo: Денис Малафеев, Facebook

“I don’t know what to call this: instinct, love, friendship, loyalty,” Malafeyev said. “One thing I know for sure, not all the people would do the same as this.”

We should all be so lucky as Lucy.



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  1. Amy

    Very similar situation happened to us. A railroad worker called our Humane Society saying that he had rescued a dog who had been lying on the track. There were two dogs, one dead, but the other moved its head. He rescued the dog. My husband and I took in the dog, who we named Angel. She needed surgery, but lived with us for 8 years.

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    • Avria Myklegard

      That is an amazing story, Amy. And you picked the perfect name for your dog! -Avria

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  2. Lauri

    I love dogs!! They are such loyal and loving creatures. That is why I don’t get how anyone could ever neglect or abuse them!

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  3. Tim G

    Humans could learn a lot from these so called ‘animals’. Pure acts of compassion need recognition, even when done by dogs.

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  4. Connie Morgan

    Just because our animal friends can’t speak, doesn’t mean they do not have intelligence and love and loyalty. There is something basically wrong with people who are cruel to animals, as another person said eat and beat–the same prejudice that exists among humans shows up in the way innocent animals are treated–cruel people are cruel people–they are not changing and when possible, they need to be punished. They are the kind of people that make the world a bad place–what a pity.

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  5. Laura Mann

    We can learn a lot from animals. I’m so glad they survived the cold and the trains. Thanks to the good Samaritan who found them.

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