Khan’s story is one of a heroic dog rescued from a shelter. Back in 2007, the rescued Doberman Pinscher was at his new home for just four days before he repaid his owners’ kindness by saving their daughter from a deadly snake attack.
Seventeen-month-old Charlotte Svillcic was playing in the garden of her home in Cairns, Australia when Khan began to behave oddly. The dog had spotted a king brown snake, the world’s third most venomous serpent, and the snake was readying to strike the girl from its hiding place beneath the family home.
What happened next was difficult for Charlotte’s mother, Catherine to believe. “If I had not seen it with my own eyes I would never have believed it,” she said. “Khan was really concentrating and was acting aggressively towards Charlotte – and kept trying to nudge her but it wasn’t working,” Catherine said. So he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her over his shoulder more than a metre, like she was a rag doll.”
Just as Khan had tossed Charlotte to safety, the snake darted out and bit Khan in the paw. “Charlotte looked pretty shocked and Khan screamed, like he’d been stabbed,” said Catherine. It wasn’t until afterwards that Catherine realized Khan had been attempting to get between her daughter and the snake before he threw her. Khan was rushed to the emergency hospital and administered anti-venom.
Thankfully, after one night of being very sick, Khan made a full recovery. The dog who had been unwanted just a week before was now “Khan the Wonder Dog” to his family. They knew for certain he had saved Charlotte’s life by risking his own.
DID YOU KNOW?
THE DOBERMAN ORIGINATED IN APOLDA, IN THUERINGEN, GERMANY, AROUND 1890.
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