A Florida family is mourning the loss of their puppy Zeus who died protecting two of their four children from a venomous snake.
Mother Gina Richardson described what happened:
Her ten-year-old son Oriley was playing in the backyard when the nine month old pit bull jumped toward him and attacked a coral snake, doing his best to keep it away from the boy.
His eleven-year-old brother Orion then walked into the backyard.
That’s when Zeus laid down on the snake, using his bodyweight to smother it and prevented it from harming the boys.
The snake bit Zeus four times before the dog bit off its head.
The family rushed Zeus to a nearby animal hospital where staff immediately gave him antivenom medication.
Zeus died the next day.
And sadly, he died on the same day as Oriley’s birthday.
Richardson says she feels forever grateful to Zeus and considers him a hero, saying if he had not been there she may have lost one of her kids.
She also hopes Zeus’s selfless act will help change public perception of pit bulls.