The cat, named Arthur, was in the backyard of his Queensland family’s home when an eastern brown snake slithered in.
The eastern brown is one Australia’s most ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍᴏᴜs snakes.
According to the Animal Eᴍᴇʀɢency Service, which is based across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, the snake went right up to two children playing. Arthur jumped at the snake to protect the children and ᴋɪʟʟed it. But he was ʙɪᴛten in the process.
“In the chaos of getting the children out of the yard, no one saw the actual ʙɪᴛᴇ, but Arthur collapsed and quickly recovered like nothing was wrong not long after,” the vet service wrote on Facebook. “Collapse events like this is a common symptom of snake ʙɪᴛᴇs, although not a well-known symptom amongst pet owners.”
AES said Arthur collapsed again the following morning and was unable to get up on his own. The family took him to the Tanawha hospital, on the Sunshine Coast, for treatment.
However, the ʙɪᴛᴇ proved fᴀᴛᴀʟ.
“His family, understandably ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ, 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 ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛs and was very much loved by our team.”