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Manatee watches over Pit Bull stranded in river until rescued

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TAMPA, Fla. (PIX11) — Members of the Tampa Police Marine Patrol found an unlikely hero when rescuing a dog stranded in a river.

The Tampa Police Department posted photos to their Facebook Page on Sept. 21 from a water rescue of a Pit Bull.

Rescuers spotted a large manatee floating behind the dog.

The manatee was spotted floating by the dog until he was rescued. (Photo: Tampa Police Department)

The manatee was spotted floating by the dog until he was rescued. (Photo: Tampa Police Department)

It appeared that the manatee was keeping the scared dog company until he was rescued.

After the rescue, the dog was reunited with his family.

“You don’t see that every day, and it’s a great reminder,” the Facebook post said. “The importance of kindness.”