Rheal Guindon is very lucky to be alive. He remained on shore while his parents fished from a nearby boat. It overturned and they drowned right in front of him, leaving him alone in the wilderness. Or so he thought.
It Was An Ordinary Camping Trip That Turned Deadly
When Rheal Guindon and his family arrived at the camp site, his parents decided to go fishing and he remained on the shore. Damaged forever, he watched helplessly as the boat quickly sank and his parents drowned within minutes. Devastated and panicked, he attempted to walk to the nearest town to seek help, but as the sun went down, his heart filled with fear. He realized that he would have to spend the cold night outside.(See: Pet Squirrel Attacks Home Invader)
He was heartbroken and traumatized as he lay on the cold, hard ground. When he felt something warm and furry press up against him, he assumed it was a dog and soon fell asleep. When he awoke the next morning, he discovered three beavers, snuggled up against him. The temperatures had dipped below zero over the course of the night, and it is more than likely that he would have frozen to death if not for his new furry friends. (See: Homeless Russian Cat Saves Infant From Freezing To Death.)
This incredible story illustrates how little we really know about the capacities of wild animals and how on some levels they posses some of our more noble qualities. We may also be more dependent on them than we would ever feel comfortable admitting. They respond to gentleness and affection and uncomfortably remind us that on a base level, we are more alike than we are different. (See: Pot-Bellied Pig Saves Owner From Heart Attack.)
All living things should have the right to live out their lives on their own terms. Perhaps more gratitude towards them tinged with an ounce more of respect might lead to a better world for all species. It would appear certain that Rheal Guindon believes this to be so and that his ordeal that terrible day in the woods has shaped his life in ways he could never have expected. (See: Hero Watchdog Fends Off Bear Attack.)
Kudos, beavers wherever you are!