The cat, named Arthur, is now being remembered as a "four-legged hero" who intervened to save the children and also managed to kill the snake.
A cat is being hailed as a “four-legged hero” for saving the lives of two kids from a venomous snake in Australia. The cat, named Arthur, sadly died after fighting off the eastern brown snake in the backyard of the family's Queensland home. The snake is believed to have slithered into the yard where the kids were playing and went right next to them. Arthur sensed the imminent danger and quickly intervened. He managed to jump on the snake to save the children and even killed it. He was unfortunately bitten in the process, reported 7News.com.au, following which he passed away.
What a brave little hero this Kitty was RIP in the clouds and continue to watch over your hoomans. https://t.co/lxQmoIvyis— Evan (@catman30ca) February 15, 2021
The eastern brown snake is the most venomous snake in Australia and the second-most venomous in the world. It is also known to be aggressive with a bad temper. Its venom is also very toxic which meant that the children were in serious danger. But thanks to their feline savior, they managed to get away unhurt, which is incredible considering how brown snakes are responsible for more deaths in Australia than any other group of snakes, as per the Australian Geographic. Its venom causes progressive paralysis and stops the blood from clotting. Victims may collapse within a few minutes. In general, it may take many doses of antivenom to reverse the effects of the venom.
Animal Emergency Services paid tribute to the brave cat and shared more details of how the events transpired on their Facebook page. The post read, 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. Collapse events like this are a common symptom of snake bites, although not a well-known symptom amongst pet owners. It continued, The next morning Arthur's hoomans found him collapsed again and unable to get up. They rushed him to our Tanawha hospital. 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 went on to include a note from the family he belonged to. His family, understandably devastated, remember him fondly and are forever grateful he saved the children’s lives. Arthur was always getting into mischief; he had previously visited us before having been in accidents and was very much loved by our team. The name of the family was not disclosed.
Condolences and messages of admiration for the brave cat filled the comments of the Facebook post. Matthew Chong wrote: I salute "Arthur The Selfless Cat", truly a selfless hero who had sacrificed his own life for the safety of his master. Even for humans ourselves, not many would do what the brave cat had done.
R Clara Smith from Utah who came across the post, commented, Brave, wonderful boy! Your story of heroism and sacrifice has traveled the world - wishing you a speedy journey along the rainbow bridge and that your family may be comforted in your loss.
Luke Kaploon stated, Sorry to hear that Arthur did not make it, seriously very sorry for the owners. As an indoor cat owner snakes are one of my fears even so because snakes can find their way inside the home. RIP Arthur, fly high, and never fear anymore.