Heroic Family Cat Dies After Saving Kids From Extremely Venomous Snake

A loyal family cat has died after saving two young children from an incredibly dangerous snake. The cat, named Arthur, immediately jumped to the children’s aid when an Eastern Brown snake entered the backyard where he lived in Australia. He was said to be “following his two little humans around when danger slithered right up” and he didn’t hesitate before pouncing on the snake and killing it. Unfortunately, his heroic effort cost him his life.

  1. A local vet posted Arthur’s story on Facebook. Queensland-based veterinary group Animal Emergency Service shared a photo of Arthur and praised him for protecting his family, saying the animal received a “fatal envenomation snake bite” which was only discovered after he collapsed.
  2. At first it seemed like Arthur was going to be alright. While Arthur “quickly recovered like nothing was wrong not long after” collapsing, it happened again the following morning. Since his family never saw him get bitten by the snake, they had no idea what was going on with him. However, Animal Emergency Service says that it’s a “common symptom of snake bites, although not a well-known symptom amongst pet owners.”
  3. Sadly, his little body couldn’t fight it. After being taken to the Animal Emergency Service hospital in Tanawha, Arthur sadly passed away. “Unfortunately, Arthur’s symptoms were too severe to recover. It was with the heaviest of hearts his owners had to leave Arthur after he gained his angel wings,” the post read. “His family, understandably devastated, remember him fondly and are forever grateful he saved the children’s lives.”
  4. Everyone has been touched by Arthur’s heroism. After reading the post, many commenters came forward with praise for the “brave” and “precious” cat who gave his life to save his family. “Rest peacefully Arthur. Such a brave boy to protect your little people like. Condolences to your family,” one person wrote. The hospital added: “Rest in peace Arthur, our little hero. Love from the Animal Emergency Service Tanawha Team.”
Jennifer has been the managing editor of Bolde since its launch in 2014. Before that, she was the founding editor of HelloGiggles and also worked as an entertainment writer for Bustle and Digital Spy. Her work has been published in Bon Appetit, Decider, Vanity Fair, The New York TImes, and many more.
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