When it comes to animal heroes, dogs get the vast majority of attention. It’s no secret that dogs are fiercely loyal to their humans, and some dogs even hold jobs that lead them to lives of heroism. Though dogs may always be number one when it comes to four-legged heroes, there are plenty of other devoted critters who risk it all for the people they love.
Recently, disaster struck one Australian family during a seemingly average day. The family’s two kids were playing in their garden as they often did, their loyal cat Arthur trailing closely behind. Before his humans could register what was happening, an Eastern Brown Snake quietly entered the garden. Eastern Brown Snakes are highly venomous, with a single bite potentially leading to renal failure, paralysis, and even cardiac arrest.
The two kids continued playing in the garden, unaware of the immense danger that was quickly approaching. Incredibly, Arthur was alert and well aware of the imminent threat. With no regard for his own safety, Arthur took action.
“Arthur jumped into action protecting his young family by killing the snake,” Queensland’s Animal Emergency Service shared on Facebook. “Unfortunately, in the process, Arthur received a fatal envenomation snake bite. In the chaos of getting the children out of the yard, no-one saw the actual bite, but Arthur collapsed and quickly recovered like nothing was wrong not long after.”
It wasn’t until Arther collapsed again that the family realized something was very wrong. Sporadic collapses happen frequently with snake bites, though many pet owners are unaware that a perceived recovery may not be a recovery at all. Frantically, the family rushed their tiny hero to the vet for care, but the deadly neurotoxin had already done too much damage to the brave little cat.
“It was with the heaviest of hearts his owners had to leave Arthur after he gained his angel wings,” the Facebook post concluded. “His family, understandably devastated, remember him fondly and are forever grateful he saved the children’s lives.”