4. Dog swims six miles through shark-infested waters, survives 4 months on a desert island
Here is your winner. Bar none the bravest and unluckiest explorer in the animal world. When Jan Griffith's beloved dog, Sophie Tucker (greatest dog name ever?) fell overboard, near Queensland, from her family's yacht she feared her pet had drowned. They searched the area, but there was no sign of Sophie Tucker. She had already set off on an epic six-mile swim through ferocious shark-infested waters. The pooch doggy-paddled all the way to the remote and volcanic St Bees, an island populated by koalas and wild goats, the latter of which Sophie Tucker hunted and ate to stay alive. A handful of people living there reported seeing a dog-like beast running around and when goat bodies began to pile up locals contacted wildlife rangers who found dear Ol' Sophie, four months after taking her plunge. Apparently it was a miracle that Sophie Tucker had not been attacked by tiger sharks and hammerheads.
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