Batman, protector of the night, made a career of rescuing the meek, punishing the wicked and disappearing into the shadows before he could so much as be thanked. While no animal patrols the darkness like the stealthy bat, a new pet hero is giving the Gotham guardian a run for his money.
On November 28, Robert Sumrall of El Paso, Texas, set out on an afternoon hike in the Black Range mountains of New Mexico with his 3-year-old black Labrador, Zulu.
After his family reported him missing the following day, search-and-rescue volunteers, New Mexico State Police and the National Guard and Border Patrol began a search in freezing temperatures and blizzard-like conditions, the Silver City Sun reports.
Six days later, local ranchers Melba and Tom Parra found Sumrall lying on the frozen ground near an empty cabin with Zulu huddled upon his back.
"I think the only thing that kept him alive in this cold was this black lab" Melba Parra told the news source. "She was lying next to him. He was really cold."
Taking a cue from the Dark Knight himself, Zulu ran off into the wilderness when rescue workers arrived. Sumrall and community volunteers continue their search for the heroic pup.
According to the Independent, German shepherds and Springer spaniels are commonly bred as rescue dogs.