Rio bus driver rescues stranded dog from highway

Hailed a hero, the Rio bus driver rescued the dog from a busy road.
Bus driver risks injury to save a stranded dog. © Pixabay

A bus driver from Rio de Janeiro turned superhero last week when he stopped his bus in the middle of a busy dual carriageway to rescue a stranded dog. The driver’s actions were applauded by his passengers and his actions broadcast around the world. Those who later learned of the Good Samaritan took to Facebook to hail him an ‘incredible man’ and a ‘good-hearted driver’.

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Local man Silvio Gomes was driving along his usual commuter route when he noticed a dog pacing up and down the central reservation of a busy dual carriageway. How it had ended up there was anybody’s guess but Gomes’s primary concern was for how the dog was going to free itself without some help.

A decision wrought from the heart

Not concerned for his own safety Gomes stopped the bus in the centre of the carriageway and tried to beckon the dog. To begin with passengers were frustrated at the delay to their commute but their frustration turned to admiration when they learned the reasons for the unscheduled stop. Luckily, the dog (which had no name) obediently followed the bus driver back to the vehicle.

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IMAGE: © Father Miguel News. Facebook.com

Once the dog was safely on board, Gomes continued along his route to the thunderous applause of his passengers. Father Miguel News was quick to post a video taken by one of the passengers on its Facebook page, and the video has since been liked by over 23,000 people.

Comments of admirers of the ‘hero’ bus driver include that of Rosemary Aires Mario Jefferson who writes: ‘In the word of God it is written, “Blessed is he who cares for my creatures”’.

In 2017 local residents Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda launched a unique project to serve Rio’s burgeoning number of human and canine homeless. The venture, which involved employing homeless people to look after stray dogs, has two goals: ‘to allow the homeless real work taking care of animals, and allowing the city’s stray animals to receive care’.

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IMAGE: © Father Miguel News. Facebook.com

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Nick John Whittle lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He is a specialist copywriter, journalist and theatre critic. Over the years Nick’s family has owned dogs, cats, rodents and birds. The history of animal domestication and of people’s relationship with their pets over the centuries interests him a lot. He cares greatly about the welfare of both feral and domesticated animals and supports ongoing protection of endangered species.