Our pets have a strong intuition about what is and isn’t safe for us to do. Sometimes it really does feel like they have a 6th sense and can see into the future. Either that or there’s an awful lot of coincidences where they save our lives ‘accidentally.’
One such case happened in Taiwan where a Golden Retriever named Kimi destroyed its owner’s passport just before her flight to Wuhan. Now, the doggo was most likely just hungry or bored, but with the current situation in China, it’s easy to see how this small act of mischief might have protected her owner. Scroll down for Bored Panda's interview with the owner.
If the city Wuhan sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve been hearing about it non-stop in the news lately. It’s the epicenter of the coronavirus, an illness that is raging through China has spread to a number of countries all over the world, and has the global health community very worried.
Kimi’s owner posted photos of her chewed-up passport on Facebook. In the pics, the Golden Retriever looks very guilty! Initially, the owner was angry at what happened. But that was before the virus spread as far as it did.
“Do you guys remember the passport? Throwback: this kid is really protecting me. After my passport was torn apart, the virus began to go where I originally planned to go. I think about it now, and it’s very touching. Fortunately, you blocked our trip,” the woman later wrote on Facebook, acknowledging that things turned out for the best.
Bored Panda spoke with the dog's owner about what happened. According to her, she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw what happened. "I was very angry when I saw my passport torn."
"And then I saw the news about the coronavirus spreading in Wuhan a few days later," she said. "I was thinking back to the day my passport was torn up."
The Golden Retriever's owner said that because her passport was torn up, she was "safely reunited" with her family for the New Year because she managed to avoid the outbreak of the virus.
"I hope people all over the world can survive this virus crisis," she told Bored Panda. "And we now have to wear masks and wash more and disinfect our hands when we go out."
The coronavirus infected over 2,000 people in China and is hard to contain because it’s infectious during its incubation period (that means between 1 and 14 days before symptoms show). So far, the virus claimed the lives of 56 people. There are safety protocols in place: there are strict travel restrictions in place and Wuhan is locked down.
What’s more, the BBC writes that all sale of wildlife in China is to be banned from Sunday. Scientists and health officials believe that the virus originated in animals, though that is yet to be fully confirmed.
The virus has spread to the United States, France, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam so far. Hopefully, it can be stopped in its tracks before there’s an uncontrolled global pandemic.