Mila - An Extraordinary Whale

By Korea News Group (Originally in Korean) 2010.02.18
The beluga, or white whale, is known for its intelligence and playful nature. Unlike many other marine mammals, beluga whales like to work closely with humans. Last year, a 9-year-old beluga named Mila from the Polar Land Theme Park in Harbin, northeast China, saved the life of a diver.

While participating in a diving contest, Ms. Yang Yun’s legs were suddenly paralyzed by the freezing water when she tried to swim back up after a dive. Recalling the moment, Yang Yun said, “I began to choke and sank even lower. I thought that was it for me—I was dead—until I felt this incredible force under me driving me to the surface.” It was Mila, who sensing the danger, swam toward Yun, clasped the young woman’s legs gently with her mouth, and brought her to safety. Since then, Yun has felt a special connection with Mila.  

The story of Mila has been published by various newspapers and has enabled more people to realize the divine nature of animals and the need to protect them. For her swift, life-saving act, Supreme Master Ching Hai honored Mila with the Shining World Hero Award and a US$500 gift to provide her with veggie snacks, care and comfort. All were brought to Mila at her aquarium on February 18, Golden Year 7 (2010). When the Award letter was read, Mila moved close to the representatives of our Association and smiled. In addition, her caregiver was given Master’s DVDs and books on animals. Our salute of admiration, Mila, for your heroic actions that saved Ms. Yang Yun’s life! Thank you for blessing us all with your divine presence