I dunno about Darwin but I remember being dangled by my feet, head first, held by my brother, head down under an overgrown rhodedendron bush to pull my labrador out of a frozen reservoir. The reservoir, Errwood, is deep and cold, people die of shock swimming in it in summer never mind in heavy winter clothes.
The ice was very thin under the bush and the dog was exhausted. We were both in a very steep and precarious position, If either of us had fallen in we'd have been well fucked.
That was my first gun dog that I could call my own and I'd do the same thing now for him, if he were alive, or any of my dogs!
This is why the emergency services sometimes rescue animals. Not because it's part of their responsibility, but because they know that some member of the public will try to rescue the animal instead. As the emergency services, such as Fire Brigades and coastguard, have equipment that they are trained to use. It's marginaly safer for them to do it. Mind you, I do begruge the cost of using proffesionals a little, although it does count towards their training as well so there is a benefit I suppose. However, I would hate to hear that a member of the emergency services was injured or killed trying to save a pet. People before property I say, and that includes pets.
Just been talking about this with a workmate, the working theory now with the RNLI, Fire service and the like is now that if they attend an incident like this they save the animal first. Apparently people get so upset about the pet being rescued they kick up like fuck. What price human life ?
Well, remember those times when you throw a ball or stick for the dog? and sometimes you pretend to throw it and the dog runs off looking for it, but you have it all the time? Well guess what? The dog remembered that and got his own back.
Happend to my dog with his last owner, The dog ran out onto the ice and went under it. The owner ran out and broke the ice free to get him out. The dogs has a fear of water now so we now have a tool to control him when he's got the teeth out and bing a 4-legged cunt.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news. But......No Darwins for this miserable lot. True enough that they all proven themselves to be Idiots of the highest order. But, both mom and dad disqualified themselves by peeing in the gene pool @16yrs prior to float checking themselves. NO AWARD!! As for junior....No body....no medal!! Until he decides to wash up on some lonely beach, or someone volunteers to DNA check eel shit till they prove it's him....NO GO. Sorry guys. I don't make the rules. I only laugh my ass off at those that die by them.