Brave dog fights off 2 snakes

2012-02-03 13:18

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.

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.

  • Peter - 2012-02-03 13:25


      Peter - 2012-02-03 13:34

      shame, my little worshoentjie would have run for the hills...i still love him though :)

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:14

      Peter, I doubt it, worsies are mal - they would have torn the snakes to shreds - maybe get bitten in the process.

      ClaudsClosest - 2012-02-03 14:17

      Daschunds are the best snake killers!!

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:18

      lol...not my little one...he's scared of birds, tortoises, snails, bushes blowing in the wind and to top it off, he gets severe separation anxiety. I wouldn't say that he's a guard dog, just a damn good friend

      Squeegee - 2012-02-03 15:25

      Two cobras together suggests a ready sourse of food nearby - rodents, birds, whatever; or they were mating. Snakes don't hunt in packs...

      Marius - 2012-02-03 16:14

      Ha, never mind your worshondjie running up the hill,I would have been way ahead!

      Zion - 2012-02-04 09:47

      My Yorkie fears no man (or woman) If I do not succumb to his needs immediately he goes Grrrrrrr and stares me down until I surrender. Actually the dog was not brave but merely reacting to its instincts.

  • Gareth - 2012-02-03 13:28

    What a great dog :-)

      rbczovczov - 2012-02-03 18:51

      Another sad day for snake lovers. But for us dog lovers, its celebration time once again.

  • lee.ferreira - 2012-02-03 13:29

    Great!! Salute you deserve some very special treats!!

  • Kyle - 2012-02-03 13:31

    cobra's dont wrap around, that's what constrictors do.... cobra would only wrapp around something that it was ready to eat

      attie - 2012-02-03 13:35

      I also read that and wondered. The 2 snake attack is also weird to me as snakes don't really hunt in pairs. I smell a rat or maybe more appropriately "hier is 'n slang in die gras"!

      Leon - 2012-02-03 13:39

      With your knowledge about snakes I would rather keep quiet

      PointBlank - 2012-02-03 13:49


      Kyle - 2012-02-03 13:55

      @Leon - you refering to me? guess you are, I know alot about snakes, cobra would strike and try move off, it would not try crul around it's anything.... either it was not a cobra, or the only other situation I can think of is it bit the dog, dog pulled it's head back and the snake came with it. In that case it could have wrapped it'sself around the dogs neck... if you have more info on this feel free to share....

      Ingrid - 2012-02-03 13:57

      Kala, I want to see if your opinion is going to change when you are threatened simultaniously by 2 mozambican cobras. Believe me, they hunt in pairs. I have had that experience. The only good snake, is a dead one.

      John - 2012-02-03 14:01

      I had a Jack Russell who got entangled with a huge Cobra on a farm in the Eastern Cape & the snake curled itself around the dog. I was there. Unusual yes - but it can happen. BTW the Jack killed the snake.

      Kala - 2012-02-03 14:05

      Ingrid - You highlight my point exactly. For the record I have spent many years working in the bush and have been spat at twice by Mozambique spitting cobras. I have on many occassions been out catching snakes and most of them have first tried to get away before threatening to bite. I have yet to see any snake that hunts in a coordinated fashion, whether in pairs or otherwise. The bottom line is cobras don't eat German Shepperds and any bites that were inflicted were purely a self defence mechanism.

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:16

      Kyle is correct. Attie too, snakes don't attack dogs - the dogs would have attacked them and the snakes reaction would have been self defense. Maybe the cobra was wrapped around the labs neck as it wa been shaken around?

      Kyle - 2012-02-03 14:18

      @John - not saying it's impossible, but there is a big difference between a jack russel and a lab. I could easily see a snake wrapping around a jack russel. But somethin as large as a Lab is unlikely.

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:20

      Ingrid, I thought people had developed beyond the dark ages? I guess you love rats then, something snakes help a great deal in controlling. Yours and many others attitude towards snakes astounds me, and you lot claim to be educated. Absolutely amazing, I thought only people in their 80's thought like this - this is the era of enlightenment - or it seems not!

      christiaan.dutoit - 2012-02-03 14:58

      @Peter.Wonderful how you attack Ingrid for voicing her opinion in this "enlightend age", you appear pretty "enlightend" yourself with that approach. Some people just don't like them, build a bridge and get over it. Salute is a champ, what a boytjie!

      inwardk - 2012-02-03 16:20

      You're 100% right no way a cobra will ever wrap - must have been a python

      Windlass - 2012-02-03 16:54

      I smell a rat too. I know my snakes well and have handled many. Did you know that 99% of snakes killed are harmless simply because most people cant identify them? I wonder if the snake was even a Cobra. If it was the dog would most likely would not even have made it to the vet.

      Peter - 2012-02-04 05:24

      christiann - "the only good snake is a dead one" is a destructive opinion. I don't mind if you don't like snakes, but to kill every snake you see is destructive - hence my "attack". I care about the future of this planet, and snakes are part of the ecology and should be given the due respect they deserve - same as all creatures sharing the planet with us. Stupidity annoys me.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-02-03 13:32

    give that dog a biscut

      miguel75 - 2012-02-03 14:02

      or a Bells

      Jayson - 2012-02-04 11:21

      Give that snake a dog

  • natasha.fukuchi - 2012-02-03 13:32

    What a great dog - true loyalty no matter what the situation. I think some people should take lessons from our canine counterparts. I hope that Mojo makes a full recovery.

  • winzik - 2012-02-03 13:33

    thats why i like man's best friend, dog

      Joan - 2012-02-04 12:49

      Me too. Great creatures, I have the last of a mixed lot now, a Maltese. Great little guy but I do not think he is too brave. Still he is my baby and that is all that counts.

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-03 13:36

    Man's best friend

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-03 13:42

      Maybe dogs best friend in this case. But Wow what a story.

  • Mable - 2012-02-03 13:46

    Is it my imagination or are there a lot of snake incidents being reported lately?

      dee.shabalala - 2012-02-03 13:53

      So you have an imagination vele,

      Albert - 2012-02-03 13:54

      Yeah,the cadres are getting sloppy.

      Michelle - 2012-02-03 13:55

      I agree Mable. We had a puffadder in our complex 2 weeks ago in Centurion and this morning a "Rooi Lippie" in our garden. The rooi lippie (don't know what it is in english) is not harmful but I was stunned to find a puffadder in a built up area!! Luckily nobody got bit and we did not kill it, it was caught and taken to someone who keeps snakes.

      Kala - 2012-02-03 14:10

      @ Michelle - Red Lipped Herald Snake.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-03 13:51

    Give that dog a Fillet Steak!!!!

      Jayson - 2012-02-04 12:07

      give that dog a hand

  • pam.benink - 2012-02-03 13:52

    Unconditional love, awesome story. I do hope Mojo recovers fully!

  • dee.shabalala - 2012-02-03 13:53

    Is this worth the time and space on News24, WOW, Lame........

      Anette - 2012-02-03 14:02

      Yes it is worth it. Have you thought about asking yourself if you are worth commenting on this? You obviously don't understand the English Language properly. Oh and sarcasm is not going to work on me. GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!

      Warren - 2012-02-03 14:15

      Dee.shabalala has no dogs LOL. thats why she feels the pain. was probably bitten by a dog when she was younger who knows.

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:22

      I suppose you find the fact that Malema did not pay his R12 to the ANC more entertaining?

      markdoubleu - 2012-02-03 14:30


      Marc - 2012-02-03 16:06

      Hmmm. Well, look where the comment is coming from.

      Jacqui - 2012-02-04 11:12

      Yes, it is, The only thing lame here is your attitude. Geez.

      Bianca-Anne - 2012-02-04 15:26

      Yes it is worth it since the majority love the story and we know majority rules ... Goodness, can't we just enjoy the lighter side of being...imagine Hero Salute was not there ... we would have read a different story. Sies Dee.shabalala - poor Salute needs his/her 50 hours of Fame!

  • Ingrid - 2012-02-03 13:54

    I hope the one that was killed was the female. Because if it was the male, the female will come back to look for him.

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:23


      Jeffrey - 2012-02-03 14:45

      @Ingrid, Bulldust!

      Kala - 2012-02-03 15:16

      @Ingrid - LOL.

      Vanessa - 2012-02-03 15:33

      I could agree with you but then we would both be wrong..

  • kuvaniap - 2012-02-03 13:55

    what a dog! give that dog a biscuit (**,)

  • marilizen - 2012-02-03 13:59

    What an awesome dog!

  • Mandy - 2012-02-03 14:00

    love this story!! this is worth reading, warms the heart!

  • brett.macdonald1 - 2012-02-03 14:02

    Give that dog a DOUBLE Bells!

  • Terry - 2012-02-03 14:04

    are animals not just the most awesome creatures not only chasing one snake but being able to help his mate,they definately deserve a treat

      Warren - 2012-02-03 14:16

      Id Like to have Mojo. thanks.

      Peter - 2012-02-03 14:25

      Amazing, but I believe its more instinct than bravery. You need to overcome fear in order to be brave, dogs are not scared of much. But I love 'em anyway.

      Shirley - 2012-02-03 16:57

      That they are. Loyal,affectionate,trusting and loving! We can learn a lot from them!

      Jacqui - 2012-02-04 11:15

      Just a pity that so many humans treat the animals so badly. The more I see of people, the more I love my dogs.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-02-03 14:15

    After browsing all comments herein made, I couldn't help it but to conclude that snakes know a lot about snakes.

  • francois.swart - 2012-02-03 14:20

    What a load of crap, two snakes attacking dogs....eish... and people believe this nonsense. Anybody familiar with reptile behavior will know this is nonsense.

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-03 14:32

      Maybe read it again. 2 snakes yes. on a smallholding where they tend to be found! One dog chasing a snake near a tree. Other snake fighting with the second dog. Nowhere does it say that two snakes were attacking dogs!

      francois.swart - 2012-02-03 14:35

      "Beeld newspaper said a labrador, named Mojo, was attacked by the snake on Wednesday on a smallholding east of Pretoria." - read the first line rock scientist!

      Brendan Cunniffe - 2012-02-03 14:58

      what do u know

      Marc - 2012-02-03 16:15

      Perhaps the snakes were defending themselves from the attacking dogs but at the point that it was picked by the reporting "human", you know, twits like some hack from the Beeld, and of course, the snake whisperer, that's you buddy, this how it all seemed. The likelihood of all this being "made up" is remote because there is no motive to have done so. I am sure no one was trying to offend your immense knowledge of serpent behviour, but, let's face it, mixing nature and humans in a shared habitat has often produced interesting outcomes.

      Jean - 2012-02-03 18:19

      Francois I agree with you

      Kyle - 2012-02-03 18:48

      logically, it was the dogs that upset the snakes, snaked defened themselves.... not taking anything away from the dogs, well done brilliant of them to react the way they did. But thats the way nature is

      Peter - 2012-02-04 05:30

      dlawre30 - really, nowhere? Read the article again before making false accusations. And you get 16 thumbs up - nobody bothers to check before agreeing with you? Lazy. You're quite correct francois!

      Jayson - 2012-02-04 12:09

      I agree, does that woman have an imagination or what

  • Gideon Keyser - 2012-02-03 14:20

    This is why I love dogs

  • Narike - 2012-02-03 14:23

    We salute you, Salute!

  • - 2012-02-03 14:41

    Give that dog a bells!

      Trent Hodges - 2012-02-03 15:04

      Well said mate

      Jayson - 2012-02-04 12:10

      wow, how original travis, you are only amongst a 100 to make that same exact comment

  • binarycape - 2012-02-03 15:08

    Aw, good pooch. Sounds like my Willa. She is a mixed lab/alsation and they are really wonderful dogs to have.

  • Shannon - 2012-02-03 15:09

    All of you have missed the point here, did any of you ever stop a think that maybe the snakes were mating or getting ready to mate...why do most of you jump to the conclusion that they were hunting?..

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-03 15:12

      Coz they were hunting,why mate in someone's yard? in faact i think they were planning an ambush and this amazing dog named Salute uncovered the plot.

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-02-03 15:19

    Excellent job! But then that is what you get from a German Shepherd even if it is a cross!

  • Mbulelo - 2012-02-03 15:22

    Now that's ma negro!Good Boy Salute!

  • Hugo - 2012-02-03 15:26


  • pbrash - 2012-02-03 15:33

    My poor staffie was bitten by a young cobra on our farm, we only realised when it was too late to save him - sadly even after anti venom he passed away. I know snakes do have a place in the long as I am not anywhere near them.

      Peter - 2012-02-04 18:35

      Lost my Jack Russell to a Mozambique spitter as well - but he killed 13 (that I counted) so I guess in the end it was justice. Miss the little fella though, he was a true terrorist!

  • Seja - 2012-02-03 15:44

    Any cellphone pictures?? Anything at all to help give this story some credibility?? It all sounds very far-fetched to me!! But if it is indeed true what happened then SALUTE!!

  • Dianne - 2012-02-03 15:47

    Salute... I salute you.

      Trudy - 2012-02-03 18:33

      well spotted

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-03 15:52

    Old Mojo had quite good mojo to have Salute near. Salut to both of them! One just have to love dogs. So gepraat van 'n worshondjie- the way I know them they would kill the snake & try to make love to it afterwards. Horny lill buggers

      Bernice Houston McMillan - 2012-02-03 21:51

      I know all about the sausage dog things : ). We have a male and female, both have been fixed but the female always seems to get frisky with the poor male and she is standard size and he is minuture!!! Shame, poor boy : )

  • Trevor - 2012-02-03 15:59

    Love to see a domestic cat do this...I've seen how a Cat just sits and watches a snake, cat grooms itself and moves on to much for warning the owner there is a fully grown PUFFADDER in the house....Well done to the dog..

  • Shirley - 2012-02-03 16:03

    wELL DONE BRAVE DOGGY! Hope Mojo makes a full and speedy recovery!

  • Trevor - 2012-02-03 16:04

    Give the dog a bone

  • Jan - 2012-02-03 16:06

    All the fuss about a snake. How brave was the dog if the snake was the size of an earthworm??....Wow, two snakes the size of an earthworm ever worse..... ha haaa haaaaa!!

  • terri.durand1 - 2012-02-03 16:15

    I'm still trying to figure out how and WHY cobra's would coil?? They have venom to subdue their prey...... unless ALL my varsity studies were wrong & all my practical experience i dreamt up - only CONSTRICTORS coil (hense the name CONSTRICTOR).......... Oh dear maybe the journalist must should of done a little bit of research before really making his name ASS.

      Grant - 2012-02-03 19:28

      It seems like the snake was fighting for suvival. I enjoyed te report and the comments. Makes a change from the usuaal 'gloom and doom' we get.

      beaglesr - 2012-02-04 11:31

      Consider the variables in your absence at the scene at the time of the 'attack', the cobra wasn't necessarily constricting the dog, something must of happened during the struggle for the snake to eventually end up wrapped around the dogs neck , trying to hold on , steady itself to strike perhaps? There are so many .... Expand your reach for answers my friend, don't limit yourself to your books.

  • jcadman3 - 2012-02-03 16:16

    What ever snake it was or wasn't the dog's a hero!!!

  • inwardk - 2012-02-03 16:19

    German Shepherd is JUST THE BEST DOG EVER I love them to bits, I would go to WAR with a GSD

      Imvubu - 2012-02-03 23:28

      I grew up with German Shepherd and had that type around me all my live. they are the BEST friends to a family and there kids.

  • Pieter - 2012-02-03 16:22

    @Peter Is jy 'n m@f?

  • terri.durand1 - 2012-02-03 16:22

    @ Ingrid......... Snakes hunt in pairs just like giraffe fly in flocks! Snakes are NOT social creatures - infact NO reptiles are - the only time they are possibly "found" together are for breeding or if there is an ubundace of their food source. The NATURAL urges..... Feeding & Mating! But anywho.......... thanks for the laugh on this friday afternoon!!!

  • Marius - 2012-02-03 16:25 For all the dog lovers out there.

  • ISO - 2012-02-03 17:01

    That's my Lassie

  • Belinda - 2012-02-03 17:03

    Salute for President!

  • Trudy - 2012-02-03 18:29

    bring our mojo back

  • Adri - 2012-02-03 18:47

    Good dog. Two nights ago, one of my little Maltese whimpered and became restless, waking me in the process. The other 6 joined him and on inspection it was a snake in our room. Only after killing it, we discovered it was a house snake. Rather safe than sorry! So proud of my doggies.

      Grant - 2012-02-03 20:01

      Poor snake. never did anyone any harm and sorted out the rats and mice.

      Alva - 2012-02-04 10:28

      Typical. Kill first ask questions later. If everyone acted that way towards snakes we would be sitting with a rodent epidemic.

  • Imvubu - 2012-02-03 23:18

    Thanks God I live in New Zealand where one only get snakes in the Zoo and not in the in the country side. I have lived 40 years in Zululand and had quite a few encounters with snakes but never got to like them. You have two brave dogs.

  • Gail - 2012-02-04 08:26

    Is it possible that the snakes were incorrectly identified as cobras or an uncommon breed of cobra which would account for the unusual behaviour of coiling.? Do puffadders coil? I know swelling is typical of a puffadder bite as we had a dog die of a puffadder bite. Dogs would be defending their territory against intruders or plain curious, most snakes if left alone will leave you alone. We had boomslangs and puffadders a plenty and our Airedale just couldn't resist attacking them and ended up paying the ultimate price. Whenever possible on our farm the snakes were left in peace - it was only when they came into our yard or were a potential risk to humans or cattle that they were dealt with. Sometimes my Dad would trap them with a forked stick and put them in a sack and bring them to the snake park but otherwise they would be killed.

  • Alva - 2012-02-04 08:43

    Why kill snakes? If snakes are left alone they are harmless. Humans can be so stupid at times. Pleased the dogs were not hurt but really, one has to say, poor snakes!

  • Jacques Theron - 2012-02-04 09:35

    Woof! Woof!