A heartwarming story has emerged of a dog saved by her loyal companion as she otherwise faced certain death after becoming stuck on train tracks.
Lucy was injured and too weak to move from the train track. But her faithful male companion Panda stayed with her for two days, pushing her dead down when trains zoomed over the top of them. He remained curled up by her side for two days until help arrived. Distrustful of people approaching, Panda barked when locals came too close.
However, the two were finally rescued by Denis Malafeyev, who managed to put them in his car boot to take them to the vets in Uzhgorod in the Ukraine. Mr Malafeyev said he did not know how the dog became injured, but she may have been struck by a train while trying to cross the tracks.
He said he had been called by a friend who said there had been two dogs lying on the railway tracks for two days. He added: “When we arrived, it turned out that one of the dogs, the female, was injured and couldn’t move. But the male dog was protecting her from us. I saw a train approaching – and felt sick.”
However, he said that when the male dog heard the train coming, he went up to the female and lay down beside her, pushing her head down to the ground until the train had gone. He said they had been doing this for two days. Mr Malafeyev added: “I don’t know what to call this: instinct, love, friendship, loyalty? One thing I know for sure, not all the people would do the same as this.”
Both dogs are now safe and sound. Lucy thankfully had no broken bones, but has been treated for severe bruising, and both have been returned to their owners.