A California family is hailing their adopted dog, “Nala,” a hero after she courageously jumped in front of a deadly venomous snake on Sunday. The terrifying incident took place along a dirt trail in a desert area of Lancaster.
The family who owns Nala recounted what happened to their son, Cole, in a YouCaring fundraiser:
Cole was walking his bike down a dirt trail and the snake jumped at him and hit his bike, he yelled and Nala ran in front of him and shielded him. She was struck in the nose and stood her ground in front of Cole.
Based on the boy’s description, it was determined that a deadly Mojave green rattlesnake was the reptile which bit Nala in the face. The courageous dog was rushed to a veterinarian and her condition after the venomous bite was described as “critical.”
Nala’s family is grateful that she instinctively knew to protect Cole. In an interview with ABC 7 News, Anthony Borquez, the boy’s stepfather, commented on Nala’s protective nature:
“I grew up with boxers. They’re incredibly protective dogs. That’s why we got the breed. We got her from a rescue. We rescued her and she rescued us.”
Nala is still recuperating from the poisonous bite – her family has decided that they will no longer venture out to the desert area where the deadly snake encounter took place. Find Nala’s YouCaring Fundraiser for her ongoing care here.
Mojave Rattlesnakes are known to be the most active between April and September. According to Adopt-A-Pet, dogs who are bitten by rattlesnakes should be (if possible) carried to a car and transported to a veterinarian as soon as possible. The sooner an anti-venom can be administered, the better the dog’s chances are for survival.
(Images via YouCaring and Wikipedia Free Commons)