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Cat saves children from deadly snake, but family's relief soon turns to grief

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Heroes can come in all shapes and sizes, and some even have whiskers, as Arthur proved the day a deadly snake threatened the lives of two young children.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 17/02/2021, 23:00

Cats have a reputation for being standoffish and aloof, even to their own human family. But cats can be just as protective of their humans as dogs. 

Just look at the case of Arthur who selflessly put his life in jeopardy to save his favourite two little humans.

Australia's deadliest snake

Arthur, the cat, was in the garden with his human family at their home in Queensland, Australia when an Eastern Brown Snake came into the garden.

Eastern Brown Snakes are highly venomous. An untreated bite from an Eastern Brown Snake can kill a person in less than half an hour.

As the snake approached the children, Arthur quickly leapt into action. The brave feline pounced on the snake, killing it before it could harm his beloved family. However, in the struggle with the reptile, Arthur was bitten and injected with a dose of the snake's deadly venom. 

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Although he initially collapsed, Arthur soon rallied, and his family assumed he'd recovered from the ordeal. 

Died a hero

But the next day, Arthur collapsed again and was rushed to the vet. It's common for humans to collapse after a snake bite, but not well known among animals.

Sadly, Arthur didn't recover and passed away.

But while his family mourn the loss of their much-loved pet, Arthur has been hailed a hero for protecting the two children from danger. His family lovingly describe Arthur as a mischievous cat who would often end up at the vets after getting into scrapes and was very much loved by everyone.

RIP Brave Arthur.