Sarwan Singh of Punjab, India surprised locals when he removed his turban and proceeded to lower himself over an irrigation canal. A symbolic part of the Sikh identity, turbans are not typically removed outside the home.
“[People] thought I was disrespecting my faith,” he said. “But what was important at that point was to save the animal’s life.”
“I was travelling [sic] when I saw a group of men pointing towards the canal,” Singh told Metro. “I stopped my car and went over to check what was happening. I was shocked to see that there was a dog drowning but no was actually helping.”
The dog was struggling to stay abreast of the current, and though Singh does not know how to swim, he knew he had to act. With one hand grasping the end of his turban and the other wrapping another piece of the cloth around the pup, the 28-year-old managed to pull him ashore.
Clearly exhausted and happy to rest, the dog took a breather back on land and shook it off—literally. He was quite frightened, according to Singh, and was reluctant to approach people. He was able to feed him some biscuits, however, and let him go on his way.