The Cat Who Saved His Owner from a Deadly Snake

On July 27, 2003, Kimberley was in her garden when, suddenly, she was confronted by a snake. Only inches away, hissing and shaking its tail, the viper was ready to strike. Sosa immediately interceded - lashing out at the snake and protecting Kimberley, but being bitten in the paw as a result.

Later identified as an Eastern Cottonmouth, the highly poisonous snake is not native to Quebec. Had Kimberley been bitten, it might have been fatal because there is no ready supply of serum in the province. Amazingly, Sosa pulled through after 3 days in an animal hospital. No one knows how the viper came to be in the garden.

From the Purina Animal Hall of Fame

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