A Doberman Pinscher named Khan saves baby from deadly snake attack

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In 2007 a Doberman Pinscher named Khan was rescued from an animal shelter. Just four days later he would save his new owner’s baby girl from a deadly snake attack.
On the day of the incident, seventeen-month-old Charlotte Svillcic was playing in the garden of her home in Atherton, Australia.

At first Khan began acting strangely, it seemed as if he was being slightly aggressive towards Charlotte, attempting to push her away from where she played.

The fact was, Khan had spotted a King Brown snake, the world’s third most venomous snake and he was trying to nudge her to safety.

As the snake was about to strike the baby girl, Khan did the most heroic thing.

Charlotte’s mother Catherine takes up the story, “if I had not seen it with my own eyes I would never have believed it,” she said. “Khan was really concentrating, he kept trying to nudge her but it wasn’t working, so he grabbed her by the back of the nappy and threw her over his shoulder more than a metre.”

With baby Charlotte clear, Khan ended up taking a venomous bite to the paw himself.

“Charlotte looked pretty shocked and Khan screamed, like he’d been stabbed,” said Catherine. “I realised quickly it was a snake and Khan had been trying to get in between her and the snake before he threw her.”

After being bitten, Khan ran inside and collapsed. He was given a shot of anti-venom by a vet and spent a night in a lot of pain but managed to survive and eat a large breakfast the next day.

Catherine said that the family was incredibly moved by Khan’s selfless and protective act.

Catherine also explained the condition of Khan when he was rescued by Kerry Kinder (Doberling Boarding Kennels owner). He was starving, had broken ribs and had been beaten.

 

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“He was an abused dog. It was borderline on whether or not he should be put down because he was in such a bad way,” she said.

In contrast to the treatment Khan endured before his rescue, Catherine said he would spend the rest of his life in luxury.

“If Khan wants a gold bowl, Khan gets it. We owe him for the rest of his life.”

An Atherton snake expert told local press that Khan may have escaped death because the snake was not able to inject a large amount of venom into his paw. The story would have been very different had the bite pierced the skin of little Charlotte.

The dog who had been unwanted just a week before was now “Khan the Wonder Dog” to his owners. They knew for certain he had saved their daughter’s life by risking his own.

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(Sources: Dogheirs.com, Animal Liberation, sun.co.uk)





21 Responses

Scott
Scott

September 26, 2018

In defense of the person whose being attacked for questioning why the kid was outside alone- nevermind they only had the dog for four days, this was in Australia, a place known for deadly animals. Now i do not live in Australia, but if I knew their could be dangerous snakes around I’d be hesitant to allow my child to play alone. That being said this was over a decade ago, so instead of attacking someone or for some reason politicizing this story with leftist government controlling your kids conspiracies can’t we just enjoy a beautiful story of how an abused dog saved a helpless baby?

Rpse Ullberg
Rpse Ullberg

September 05, 2018

This story doesn’t say where it took place but if it was in an area in the South or far North which is known for snakes, I would be concerned that the mom would let a 17 month old child play in the yard/grass without being right there with her. Also, if she was even slightly apprehensive about this dog’s possible behavior, it would make sense to be with the child and the dog. (Reminds me of the lady in Florida that didn’t notice an alligator near her children in the yard; I may be over protective but any child under two would be important enough to me to let whatever needs to be done in the house go for a time while I was there watching or someone responsible I left in charge.) I am not shaming the mom but that is what I would do…I let my children play in the yard at older ages and they got hurt sometimes too but from overly rambunctious play or things that could not be prevented.

Donna
Donna

July 24, 2018

People need to get there facts strait. This was the short version of the events that happened. I read the extensive detailed version. The mother was watching the child and dog through the kitchen window the whole time. When the dog started pushing the child she ran outside to make sure her baby girl was ok. She didnt know at first about the snake until she had made sure her daughter was ok and the dog had collapsed. Thats when she realized the dog had been bitten by a poisonous snake. The dog had saved her childs life. And yes there were other family members there because in the detailed story i read before seeing this one. It specificity said she gave the baby to an adult family member before she picked up the dog to rush him to the vet. People need to make sure they have all the facts before they start criticizing. And even if the events happened the exact way u perseved them. No one on this earth has the right to criticize anyone else. No one in this world is perfect. And if u think u are u are sadly mistaken. Look at ur life before u judge someone else. There is only 1 judge and jury and that is God Almighty himself.

Matt
Matt

July 24, 2018

What kind of parent doesnt let their children play in their back yard? The anwser is bad parents!!!! So for the ones saying why would she let her child play in the yard alone while being watched this tells me you dont have children. An if u do their probably gonna be dope head trash an more than likely their the best jokes the other kids tell each other i hate people that make good people look bad because they dont no the whole story people like u,, ur the reason innocent women were burned as witches an the reason prisons r full of the unguilty close minded trash liberls i cant wait to see the day when ur laws judge u…….

the story was great……

Matt
Matt

July 24, 2018

What kind of parent doesnt let their children play in their back yard? The anwser is bad parents!!!! So for the ones saying why would she let her child play in the yard alone while being watched this tells me you dont have children. An if u do their probably gonna be dope head trash an more than likely their the best jokes the other kids tell each other i hate people that make good people look bad because they dont no the whole story people like u,, ur the reason innocent women were burned as witches an the reason prisons r full of the unguilty close minded trash liberls i cant wait to see the day when ur laws judge u…….

the story was great……

Dianne Fitch
Dianne Fitch

June 23, 2018

Since the mother raced the dog to the vet and left the baby home, my guess is there were other family members around. Perhaps even a dad. Mom’s are always on duty even when others are watching their children. I know I was. Dad might be outside but I’m still doing the dishes and keeping an eye on things. Why? Cause I’m the mom!

Steven
Steven

May 28, 2018

To the genius commenting about the parents letting their child play outside,..from the sound of the story, the parent never let them out of their sight, so drop it. There’s nothing “wrong with the story”, there’s only something wrong with people who think it’s their place, and big government’s place to tell others how to raise their children.

I think if I have kids, I’m gonna move next door to Liberal Leftists, the type of people who believe in more government control over our daily lives.

That way I can send them into fits of rage on a daily basis, raising my child the way I choose, opposite of how they think it should be done..lol

Rebecca Kennedy Wilsbach
Rebecca Kennedy Wilsbach

May 28, 2018

My first thought on reading this story, “Baby saved!” Then, “Good Doggy!!” And now, who leaves a baby on the lawn? What was in the mother’s mind that was more important than that little life? Dog and child should be taken into Care, mother in prison. And she took her time sharing this tale. I can’t help but think that money was involved.

Trish
Trish

May 28, 2018

We had a Doberman named Zeus for 14yrs he was so soft.Our youngest daughter would put a daisy chain around his neck hair bands on his head,he didn’t mind at all.We would take him on holiday to Cornwall,we could lay on the floor and he would join us.He was so lovable.Our 3 Children Husband and I LOVED HIM TO BITS

fern
fern

December 07, 2017

I love dogs, and I love children. However, I would never leave a toddler outside PERIOD. A toddler should not be alone outdoors ever. The dog is a secondary issue. What would the story be if the parent left the toddler alone outside and the child was bitten by a deadly snake? Would she face charges for neglect? This entire story has problems

Don m
Don m

December 05, 2017

Your last name must be menace, because you are. Get a grip!

Eva Ruth Darlington
Eva Ruth Darlington

November 29, 2017

This is trivial to the story. But I love how my dog saves me almost every day. I have a phobia of SPIDERS. My dog chases them and kills them.
I believe the story about Khan. And any other dog that saves their human/animal family.

Demond
Demond

November 28, 2017

A very touching story. God Bless that the baby is okay and was saved by her heroic 4 legged best friend “new brother” Khan. Happy KHan survived the snake’s venom. God had them both safe from the start. It’s wonderful stories like this that prove it isn’t the dogs that are bad but instead the owners bringing them up. Animals have feelings just as we do and they feel pain. Catherine you’re a great mom , not only to your babygirl but to Khan as well. You could’ve pre-judged Khan’s action like many people would; however, despite his past abusive upbringing you believed in him and he came through for his little sister making your decision to rescue him a great one. One Love, One Life. Enjoy!

Joanne T. Phillips
Joanne T. Phillips

October 16, 2017

I am also an avid “big dog” lover. My nephew had a Dobie for his entire life, & one could never find a more loveable, more loyal, more gentle creature on this planet. “Slash” had his own pink blanket which, when he wanted it, he would go to my nephew’s bedroom, retrieve the blanket from its resting place, & then curl up in it in the room with his family. I, too, loved Slash very much, & he loved me right back.

I do understand the mother in this story trusting her 17-month-old baby girl with “Kahn”, observing them thru a window. However, she did mention that Kahn had been badly abused before she rescued him. I believe it would have been wiser to be personally present with the baby girl & Kahn when the two were together—at least until the dog had known the entire family much longer & vice versa. Dobermans are truly one of nature’s blessings to us humans, & we all should understand this.

Joanne Phillips
Henrico, VA

KikiCapiche
KikiCapiche

October 16, 2017

Child endangerment? The mother was watching her dog and her 17 month old child play in the yard, and the fact that she reacted with such quick thinking and compassion shows that she knows how to be a good parent and wouldnt put her childrens nor her dogs life in danger by leaving them unnattended! So your thought up, incorrect statement shows what a @$$ you are. If a family goes on a picnic and their child gets stung by a bee while holding a piece of watermelon, it doesnt mean the parents are neglectful or irresponsible, and its sad that there are people out there that think like you.

Ron Norgaard
Ron Norgaard

August 19, 2017

Like Priscilla states, Dennis you need to read things a little closer. Your entitled to your view but I hope you never own a dog. There is no such thing as a bad dog….just bad owners. And Glad your not a judge, based on your thought process. Maybe a leader in North Korea would be more your forte.

F. T.
F. T.

July 08, 2017

Did you read the whole story or just bits and pieces? The little girl was SEVENTEEN AS IN 17 months old. Yes, that is a bit young to leave with an unknown dog. However, the stigma of Dobermans being unpredictably aggressive is false. I have been around Dobies my whole life and let me tell you, they are the most gentle, tolerant, and easy going dogs you will ever see. However, you let someone try to hurt their ‘family’ and, YES, absolutely you should be afraid! I have a Dobie who has been around my granddaughter since she was born and I would trust her first and foremost with my granddaughter than a human as far as protection. If you have ever seen a Dobie in a home life situation you would see these dogs get in front of someone they consider ‘family’ in a cool, calm, and collective way to protect them. They don’t growl nor snarl unless you try to get past their body to get to their ‘family’. Them, absolutely, YOU SHOULD RUN!

PC
PC

June 15, 2017

A wonderful story to encourage pet adoption, but I do agree that it is a stretch or insanity that anyone would trust an abused dog that quickly and with a toddler hmmmm?

Ellie Sale
Ellie Sale

June 13, 2017

The little girl was 17 months old and I appreciate the caring of the dog. They are amazing creatures.

Priscilla Winslow
Priscilla Winslow

June 10, 2017

That was a 17-month-old baby, NOT a 7-month-old baby. Work on your reading comprehension. (And the mother was watching from inside the house.)

Dennis
Dennis

December 13, 2016

Initially, I thought this was a truly wonderful story about a dog saving a little girl. After sleeping on the story, I became very skeptical regarding its authenticity. I find it very hard to believe the a mother would leave a 7 month old child with a rescued doberman after only having the dog for only for days. My feelings are that the story, while very touching, is probably bogus. Only an insane parent would leave a child with a strange dog. If the story is true, then the parents should be locked up for possible child endangerment. It is one thing if the dog is a long time family pet and you know the dog’s temperament, however, this could not have been the case.

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