Until help arrives, a manatee acts as a “guardian angel” for a stranded dog.

An unusual “angel” guarded a dog who fell into a Florida river until help arrived. White Dog had fallen into the Hillsborough River and was unable to climb the concrete seawall to escape. When the Tampa Police Department arrived, they discovered a manatee keeping the scared puppy company.

One of the officers took the photo and shared it on Facebook. According to the department:

“Remember yesterday’s dramatic rescue of the dog in the water?” Officer Jodie Maxim captured this incredible photo of animal kindness. Look closely as this manatee kept our scared, wet pup company while setting up the rescue operation until TPD Marine Patrol could complete the rescue.”

“That’s not something you see every day, and it’s a great reminder… of the importance of kindness.”

Manatees are naturally curious creatures, and this one was probably drawn in by White Dog’s whimpering.

Alligators were likely deterred from approaching and harming the dog because of the aquatic animal. Many people on social media speculated that the manatee was White Dog’s “guardian angel.”

The white dog had escaped his yard and was quickly reunited with his relieved owners.

If you believe in animal kindness, please share White Dog’s story!

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