Brave dog fights off 2 snakes
Pretoria - A brave cross-breed German Shepherd first fought off one snake in his Tshwane family's garden, and then saved his mate from a second cobra wrapped around its neck, according to a report on Friday.
Beeld newspaper said a labrador, named Mojo, was attacked by the snake on Wednesday on a smallholding east of Pretoria.
His owner, Naomi Roux, heard her two children scream from inside the house, and then through a window spotted a cobra curled around Mojo's neck in the garden.
At that stage, the cross-breed German Shepherd, named Salute, was chasing away a second snake near a tree.
"I just ran down the steps and screamed at the domestic worker to close the door," said Roux.
Her two children, aged 3 and 5, stayed inside the house with Portia Moyo, while Roux went outside and grabbed a shovel.
"By that time, the second snake had slithered away, and Salute and I were trying to get the other snake off Mojo's neck."
Salute then grabbed the cobra with its teeth and pulled it from Mojo's neck. Roux killed it with the shovel.
The snake had bitten Mojo on the lip and he was rushed to a veterinarian.
"His face was swollen and foam was coming from his mouth," said Roux.
Mojo was being treated at the Valley Farm animal hospital, reported Beeld.
Salute escaped uninjured from his ordeal with the two snakes.