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11/11/2010 07:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Daring Animal Rescues: People Risking Their Lives For Dogs, Bears, Dolphins And More (PHOTOS)

What some find silly others don't think twice about. When an animal is in danger, people will go to heroic lengths to rescue them. In fact, a majority of people say they would risk their lives for their pets.

From famous animal crusaders like Ric O'Barry to local firefighters, here are examples of people risking it all for not only their own pets, but animals they've never seen before, and even wild animals. Would you do the same for an animal in distress?

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Risky Rescues of Animals