When otters want to float on the water for a long time (for example, when they sleep), they hold hands. Otters literally hold hands.
This video of a dog risking his/her life to drag another dog to safety after the other dog had been hit by a car. The hero dog apparently ran off and disappeared somewhere after the incident, but that doesn't make it any less touching.
Pretty much any picture of a dog and cat together, despite their history of being enemies. You can find some pictures here◊, here◊ and here.
Baekgu; a dog that travelled 180 miles just to see his original owner.
This article on Mental_floss shows videos of soldiers returning home from overseas to be greeted by their wildly enthusiastic dogs. NGL, this troper cried.
The U.S. military authorities don't like it when troops adopt animals they find in battle zones, especially when they want to send the animals home to their families. Dogs and cats who'd become unit mascots, some of whom had saved lives, were abandoned or killed when their humans were shipped home. Until SPCA International stepped in in 2007 at the request of Sgt. Edward Watson and his dog Charlie. They handle the vaccines, the paperwork, the supplies, everything that's needed to get these animals to the homes of the soldiers' families in the States. Soon after Charlie was saved, the Associated Press carried the story of Spc. Gwen Beberg and her dog Ratchet and the money began pouring in. Operation Baghdad Pups, in defiance of U.S. military policy, has saved countless lives and reunited our men and women in uniform with their buddies. Just have a look at this.◊ And this.
The story of Tad (Short for The Abandoned Dog/Totally Awesome Dog). Tad was found by the side of the road, in horrible condition- bleeding from multiple wounds (most of them badly infected), dehydrated and near-starving, sporting two kinds of mange, infested with two kinds of worms, his claws ingrown, and his skin dry and cracking. The vet tech who found him immediately took him home and gave him food, water, and pain medication, and made a blog to chronicle her efforts to help him, with a Paypal link if anyone wanted to help pay for the vet bills. Three months of dedication on his new owner's part and donations on the readers' later, Tad was happy, healthy, rambunctious, and had enough Cheez-Wiz to last a lifetime. tl;dr
Discovery Channel documentary "World's Toughest Tribes" has an episode on the Park Rangers at Virunga National Park. The whole episode is a Crowning Moment of Awesome as well as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, but especially towards the end, the leader of the Rangers starts talking about the mountain gorillas he is protecting, and how one he previously worked with recognised him after a long period of seperation. The obvious love and affection in his voice while talking about these animals is startling and heartwarming, especially considering the violent and hard life these men lead. It restored my faith in Humanity. I salute you, Eli Mundema, wherever you are.
This video has a National Geographic photographer work in the Antarctic where he finds this gigantic leopard seal. The seal moves up to the guy, does some threat displays (which freaks him the hell out, since this thing's jaws are twice as big as a grizzly bear's), but then she goes over and grabs a penguin then offers it to his camera (likely thinking it the face). The penguin swims away, so the seal tries again. After the scenario repeats itself several times with the seal becoming more and more disgusted with the camera's ineptitude, something dawns on her and she becomes more and more panicked because she thinks that the creature she's offering penguins to is hurt. So she offers him injured penguins, and dead penguins, and eats a penguin to show him how its done and offers a dismembered penguin to try and feed him... one hopes they made a modification to the camera so it could fake eating the penguin and soothe the leopard seal's worries.
Touching as that is, I, for one, never expected to see a paragraph involving killing, eating, and dismembering penguins to be listed as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming.
It is pretty touching, since the leopard seal kept trying to feed the camera for four days. Except for the poor penguins.
Probably the first "Heartwarming Fridge Horror" ever posted on TV Tropes. Impressive.
This trailer for the African Cats movie. It's incredibly moving to see the lengths that a mother animal will go to protect her family. It just goes to show that love isn't exclusive to humans.
This GIF. A mischievous young chimpanzee pushes its younger sibling/cousin into a canal and no less than three adults immediately rush over to pull out and comfort the baby. They really are non-human people.
The entire The Cat who went to Paris series. Norton showed almost unconditional love to all he came across, and even managed to earn a moment of silence on the radio when he died, now that is one loving cat.
The story about the crow and the stray kitten. No, you read that right. The crow visited the cat for four years until he/she was certain the cat would be okay without protection. The cat now lives with the old man in the video and is 10.
Adorable, but can also serve as horror for kitty-loving tropers who fear this happening to their babies.
This troper just saw a news story showed how a banker helped a family of ducks off a high ledge to the river, first catching the ducklings as they jumped off the edge, then leading them through crowds all the way to the river. It's equal parts sweet and heartwarming.
The story of Springer, the young orca. After her mother died, she got separated from her pod and wound up in Puget Sound, Washington. Emaciated and sick, she tried to alleviate her loneliness by coming up to boats and ferries and rubbing against them. Researchers compared her vocalizations to the various orca pods of Washington and British Columbia, and tracked down her immediate family; her grandmother, grandaunt, aunts, uncles and cousins. A joint Canadian-American operation was launched to first capture her, then treat her back to full health, and finally move and release her to Johnstone Strait, where she could rejoin her relatives. Since then, she has been seen every year with her family, being raised by her grandaunt, happy and healthy.
By extension, this guy's entire Youtube account. He does nothing but catch stray dogs, treat and rehabilitate them, then find them new homes. It's a wall-to-wall battery of Crowning Moments of Heartwarming.
This video shows a cat who mistakenly thinks a babysitter hurt his owners' baby and attacks her. While you feel sorry for the babysitter, it's sweet to see the cat get so protective of the baby and it definitely disproves the stereotype that cats are any less protective or loyal than dogs. And don't worry, the babysitter wasn't hurt. No claws were involved.
This. A wild dolphin has a hook and fishing line stuck in its fin, preventing its full range of movement. What does it do? Find some human divers to help it. And they do. Not only does this show how intelligent dolphins are, but the trust that dolphin showed is heartwarming.
This has been getting surprisingly common in recent years with quite a lot of different animals, mainly mammals. Hedgehogs in particular, when injured, crawl into people's gardens and just sit in the middle of them, waiting to be found. It's heartwarming to know that while humans are responsible for the destruction of forests and the extinction of many species, some animals will still turn to us for help.
Chris P. Bacon was a piglet who was born without back legs, though he was perfectly healthy otherwise. Chris's new owner would go on to make wheels for the animal to use so it could move about normally, and the little guy seems to be all the happier for it. Awwww...
Stephen Fry hosted an amazing, entertaining, and informative multi-part TV special called "Last Chance to See", based on the Douglas Adams work of the same name and about the various animals of the world in dire danger of becoming extinct. On the last episode they made a special effort to help out a rare breed of rhino who'd been hunted to extinction in the wild; there were only eight such rhino living and all eight were in capitivity in two zoos (two in the U.S. and the rest in an Eastern European zoo). The BBC, who produced "Last Chance to See", the Eastern European zoo, an African wildlife refuge called the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and (the international shippers) DHL all worked together to transport four of the most promising rhino to said refuge, which had the best space and security possible, so they could breed in their natural environment and perhaps rescue the breed of rhino from total extinction.
This. Heartwarming for the kindness, but definitely a Tearjerker for the dog. Try not to cry while watching this.
In the aftermath of the May 20th, 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, an elderly woman who had survived the tornado was talking to CBS reporters about how her attempt to get to safety with her dog was stopped by the tornado's sudden arrival. In the aftermath, she had lost the dog. During the interview, one of the crew shouts out "A dog. A dog!" The camera zooms in to see the woman's little dog trapped under rubble but still alive. They lifted the rubble out and owner and pet were reunited. To quote the woman, "When I asked God to answer one prayer, to let me be okay, he answered both of them..."