Sometimes animals get trapped where they shouldn’t be and need a little human help to get them to safety.
So it’s always heartwarming to see people go out of their way to help a creature in need.
Serhat Topal is a streetcar driver from Turkey. He was on his normal route, when he noticed something out-of-the-ordinary on the tracks: a turtle.
“It was a turtle trying to cross the tracks toward the countryside, but he was stuck,” Serhat told The Dodo. “I think he was scared.”
Then Serhat did something extraordinary: he stopped the train, got out and did everything he could to help the turtle. He grabbed the animal to keep it from being run over by incoming trains and lifted it over the fence for safety.
Serhat said the turtle looked healthy and walked away happily after reaching the other side. It was correct, but everyone who travels by train knows that passengers do not always appreciate a sudden delay.
But Turkey is known for its citizens’ love of stray animals, and when Serhat explained the situation to them, they understood: the driver says they are “happy because I helped them.”
“All living things are our friends, and we should approach them with love,” Serhat told The Dodo. “Everyone should consider this their duty. I have simply done my duty.”