Dog Saves Owner from Deadly Snake Attack

Fay Palethorpe and TessA young kelpie named Tess is being hailed a lifesaver after defending its owner from an attack by a deadly snake on the Gold Coast.

But the heroic pet has only a 50-50 chance of survival after being bitten by the giant eastern brown.

Fay Palethorpe, a 68-year-old retiree from Ingleside, was gardening on her 8ha property on Sunday morning when she encountered the brown snake which, at over 2m long, was the biggest she had ever seen.

"[It was] huge - it would have been over six feet (1.80m) long," Palethorpe said yesterday. "He saw me and I saw him, and he reared up about two foot (60cm) into the air and struck at me three times. I just screamed and ran."

The snake chased after Palethorpe, before her three kelpies, including Tess, jumped to her defence.

Tess has been in a coma since Sunday, and the vet rates her a 50-50 chance of recovery. But he delivered promising news yesterday, with the kelpie moving and blinking her eyes. "Every hour is a little bit better," Palethorpe said.

Source: NZHerald & GoldCoast
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