This section of the book is from the "Stories of Animal Sagacity" book, by William Henry Giles Kingston.
A small pony, belonging to a gentleman in Warwickshire, was fed in a park through which a canal passes. It was a great favourite, having been long kept in the family, and was ridden by the children.
A little girl—the daughter of the owner of the property—had run out by herself into the park, and made her way to the banks of the canal. As she was playing thoughtlessly near the water, she fell in. Her cries attracted the pony, which, galloping forward, plunged into the water, and lifting her in his mouth, brought her safely to the shore.
However weak or apparently inadequate your means, you may often, if you employ them to the best of your power, render essential service to your fellow-creatures.