Webster’s dictionary defines hero as a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability.
We define hero as someone who punches a kangaroo in the face to save their dog.
Welcome to Australia. The harsh reality of living down under includes worrying that a kangaroo is going steal your dog, and sometimes you have smack a ‘roo to get the dog back. That’s exactly what happens in the video above, which some are calling the most “Austrailian video of all time.”
According to The Daily Telegraph, the footage is of zookeeper Greig Tonkins, who rescued his dog Max from the clutches of a mean old kangaroo by showing the animal what for. This was actually a hunting trip from last June put together for a “sick young man called Kailem who passed away from cancer,” the trip’s organizer Mathew Amor told The Telegraph.
“Basically Kailem wanted to catch a boar,” he said.
The video has been viewed by millions already, but those on the trip had a different interpreation of the event.
“It was funny because the guy who did it is the most placid bloke. We laughed at him for chucking such a sh*t punch.”
Now, that’s the most Australian thing ever.
It may not look like much on the surface but that's Hugh Jackman helping people stay above water during a dangerous rip tide. The video description describes the scene:
AUSTRALIAN actor Hugh Jackman was hoping for a leisurely swim at Sydney’s most famous beach but soon found himself in the middle of the action.
Nine News television crews captured footage of Jackman and several other swimmers struggling in a rip at Bondi Beach on Saturday afternoon. Jackman, in a black rashie, is seen helping pull a man to safety before gesturing for other swimmers to move clear of the dangerous currents.Hugh Jackman played a real-life action hero Saturday, reportedly rescuing his son and other swimmers from dangerous surf at Bondi Beach.
In this dramatic footage obtained by Nine News, the rashie-clad Jackman is seen pulling a man by the arm, leading him and his companion away from a rip. He also helps a boy, reported to be his 15-year-old son Oscar, from dangerous surf.
Wrestling may not be real, but Shark Boy is. The intreped ocean dweller was essential in the capture of a peeping tom in his own neighborhood. He didn't pull any of his signature moves on the criminal, but he did keep an eye on him until the police arrived to ensure his capture.
If you want to know more about this mysterious hero, just watch this video:
He's clearly been through a lot already.
In the wake of national tragedies like yesterday's school shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College that left at least 10 dead and seven injured, it's easy to just remember the villain. But heroes were there as well.
One of which was army veteran 30-year-old Chris Mintz, who authorities are saying saved many lives that day. He was shot seven times as a result, but he survived and is currently in stable condition.
His family said that he blocked doors to keep the shooter from getting close to other students. Other outlets claim that he rushed at the shooter to protect the ones around him.
NBC News gives some background on Mintz:
Chris Mintz "tried to protect some people," his aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News in a telephone interview. "We were told he did heroic things to protect some people."
She said that Mintz was shot seven times and had been in surgery since the shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.
Originally from Randleman, North Carolina, Mintz served about 10 years in the Army. He had just started college, Brown said. He was shot in the back, abdomen and hands, and had two broken legs, she added.
"We're not sure how his legs got broken," she said. "He was on the wrestling team and and he's done cage-fighting so it does not surprise me that he would act heroically."
That's him smiling after having seven bullets removed. Goals.
On top of everything else, the shooting occurred on the sixth birthday of Mintz's son.
Luckily, the little boy still has a father to raise him. And a hero to boot.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help Mintz and his family on this long and costly recovery.
Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Jason Gates is being hailed a hero after saving the life of a driver who was choking.
It all unfolded around 11:20 a.m. Saturday August 9, when Officer Gates pulled a woman over for a red light violation in the 4100 block of S. Burdick Street. As the officer approached the car, he found the driver in respiratory distress.
Dash cam video from the incident shows Officer Gates asking the woman if she was okay, and when he realizes she's in trouble, he administers a couple of back blows. When that doesn't work, you can see ,Gates quickly pull the woman from the car and administer the Heimlich maneuver.
Last Tuesday John Vescio stopped at a Mobil station to gas up his unmarked state police car.
"I was standing there at the pump and the only thing I remember hearing was a speeding car; somebody that was entering into the gas station at a higher rate of speed than normal," he said.
In the blink of an eye, Vescio went from off-duty cop to fast-acting hero.
Video from a security camera captured the incident as it unfolded.
A 69-year-old man apparently blacked out and slammed into the gas pump and the cars that were parked there.
As flames spread, others ran away, but Vescio ran toward the driver.
"You could see the way his legs were tucked under by the seat," Vescio said. "His seatbelt was on. He was pretty much helpless."
Vescio worked to free him and ultimately dragged him away by his wrists.
While others are calling him a hero, Vescio said, "I just feel like me."
He's since visited with the unidentified man, whom he saved. He said the man's family is grateful, knowing it could have ended a lot worse.
A video was recently released of a man on a Seattle metro bus fighting back against a gunman who was robbing everyone of their cell phones. Immersed in his own phone, it wasn't until the gunman flashed the weapon in his face that he jumped into action, taking the gun from his hands and tackling him to the floor.