Pit Bull dies after saving kids from aggressive snake

While we all know that each one dogs have the essential instincts to eat and survive, their wants and wish beyond those things differ from dog to dog.

Some dogs are bred to perform instinctive tasks to stay others safe while others are just natural heroes able to step in and save the day at whatever cost.

Zeus was just 8 months old when his instinct for danger kicked in. His actions led to the sacrifice of his own life and while a few mourns his loss, they're going to be forever thankful to him for shielding their children.

The puppy pit bull was outside playing within the yard of the family range in Sumter County, Florida when he began to behave strangely.

He started throwing something that seemed like a rope around in his teeth as if to urge it away. it had been then that he lay on the ground and began to seem unwell.

The son hadn’t noticed a coral snake coming toward him, but the heroic Zeus had jumped in to guard him.

Coral snakes are highly toxic and a bite may result during a paralysis of the breathing muscles within the victim. there's usually only mild pain, but respiratory failure can occur within hours.

“All of a sudden, he started attacking the snake which was on the brink of my son and he was bit fourfold . I knew when he first came therein something was wrong and (it) was very traumatic because I knew he was dying,” dad Gary Richardson told FOX 35.

Mom Gina rushed Zeus to the vet while his dad stayed home with the youngsters . “We just knew the anti-venom was getting to work,” Gary added.

Despite responding quickly to Zeus’ snake bites and rushing him to the veterinary clinic, he still succumbed to the snake’s venom.

‘Owe my son’s life to him’
Gina Richardson, who described Zeus as a “member of the family,” said that Zeus’ death “just killed us.”

She told FOX 35 that her children didn’t get an opportunity to mention goodbye to their beloved pet who died on the birthday of her son that he saved.

Gina said Hell bull breed did have a nasty reputation but if they're aggressive it’s actually because they’re mistreated adding: “If you treat them right, they might give their life for you and that i owe my son’s life to him.”

Rest in peace, sweet Zeus. You died a hero.

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