American Pit bulls are known as very loyal and loving family pets that will do whatever it takes to safeguard their owners. One pitbull is celebrated as a hero after helping save the life of the owner from a 6-foot shark.
James White was having a tranquil day fishing off along the coastline in Bodega Bay in Sonoma County, California when suddenly he noticed a massive pull at the end of his line. In awe of having made a huge catch, he fought for 10 minutes before reeling the fish in, only to discover a huge sevengill shark.
White tried to pull the shark from the hook, however, it became twisted and was thrown down, and then bit his ankle. The result was an injured artery. White tried to pull his ankle from the jaws the shark, but could not. He pleaded with fishermen in the area to assistance but before they were able to get to him Darby his pit bull Darby the pit bull came in to assist him.
The one-year-old canine was kept in his jeep which was parked a few yards away due to the abundant traffic in the area, with the windows slightly rolled down. But when Darby saw his owner in distress, he kept scratching on the car door till he pulled the handle open and ran to rescue White.
The brave pit bull bit the shark on its gills, causing its teeth to sink deeper into White’s ankle, White told Darby to get off, but then the dog grabbed the shark by the tail and pulled it off of his owner onto dry land.
White then threw the shark into the ocean, and it swam away, White says his foot is still intact thanks to Darby. White says he was not aware that Darby could be so heroic and is thankful for his actions, “He’s been a part of the family from day one, just now a little more,” White said. “If it wasn’t for him I would have been a lot worse.”
It is difficult to imagine what would have happened to White, if Darby was not around to fight off the shark and save his owner.