A loyal dog is being hailed a hero after sacrificing his own life to save his owner from a venomous snake.The Yorkshire terrier, named Spike, found a deadly cobra in a back garden in South Africa and attacked it before it reached his owner Louise Grobler.
The ten-year-old family dog killed the snake just a few feet away from the mum-of-four, but was bitten in the mouth.Spike half an hour later – along with another dog that was also bitten – and now Louise, 42, is paying tribute to her companion, saying his heroic actions saved her life.
Within an hour of Spike’s death, Louise’s mixed breed two-year-old, named Prinses, died after being bitten on the leg.The South African woman said: “Spike was a hero, by attacking the poisonous snake he saved my life.”I was so close to the snake, I think if Spike didn’t jump up and grab it by its neck, it could have bitten me as well.”
Louise, from Pretoria, noticed Spike was holding something in his mouth and after taking a closer look she realised it was in fact a snake.She added: “It’s weird that the snake was in my garden, because they tend to hibernate at this time of the year.”But our neighbours were moving rocks, so I think the snake got frightened and came into our yard.”As soon as I realised what was happening, I ran next door to get my neighbour for help, but when I got back Spike had already killed the cobra.”
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