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Real Name: Norman
Case: Animal Heroes
Location: Necanicum River, Oregon
Date: August 5, 1996


Details: On August 5, 1996, Annette McDonald went for a walk along the banks of the Necanicum River in Oregon with her blind yellow lab, Norman, when he suddenly ran off. She went after him, fearing that he would hurt himself, but he just kept running. Then she saw what he was chasing after: a fifteen-year-old girl named Lisa Nibley who had been swept away by the current while swimming. He began swimming toward her. When she stopped screaming, he became confused. Annette realized that he was following her voice. She told her to keep screaming. As a result, he was able to find her. She then grabbed onto him and he towed her safely back to shore. Neither she nor Annette are certain how he was able to save her, but they are both glad that he was there to help.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the June 4, 1999 episode about animal saviors that also involved a pig named Lulu. It was also featured on It's a Miracle.
Some sources incorrectly state that the incident occurred on August 5, 1997.
Results: Unsolved