Sikh Man Uses His Turban to Save a Drowning Dog in India

Posted on by Nirali Shah

With some help from concerned spectators, a Sikh man named Sarwan Singh was able to use his turban to save the life of a drowning dog in Punjab, India. The incident was captured on film:

Outlets around the world have shared the video, which shows Singh, who can’t swim, using the fabric from his turban as a makeshift rappelling rope to descend the wall of a steep ravine as men above serve as anchors. Singh then uses a piece of fabric to pull a dog, who is paddling to stay above water, to safety. Everyone in the video is all smiles as the exhausted canine makes it back to dry land.

You, too, could be a hero for an animal in need.

You can save an animal from suffering if you take immediate action. The first steps are to educate yourself and to be prepared, as it’s good to know what to look for and how to help.

Read this page on how to help an animal in need and take immediate action by doing one or several of the following:


  • Take the animal to the nearest veterinarian.
  • If you can’t transport an animal yourself, contact your local police department or animal rescue group and stay with the animal until help is secured.
  • Record as much information as possible about the animal’s location.
  • Always exercise caution. You won’t be able to help any animals if you’re laid up in a hospital bed.

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